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Paedophile Dutroux's Ex-Wife Seeks Italy Refuge
The former wife of notorious serial child killer and paedophile Marc Dutroux is seeking refuge in Italy after nuns in Belgium told her they no longer wanted her to live with them, according to reports.
Michelle Martin was freed on parole in 2012 after 16 years in prison, on condition that she move into a Belgian convent near the central city of Namur.
However, the nuns are now moving to Brussels and do not want her to come with them.
Martin, whose move into the convent caused widespread anger, has now asked the authorities for permission to go elsewhere, possibility to a religious community in Italy.
On January 2, she was told she would be allowed to go there for a week, in the hope she would get permission to stay at the Cristo e La Riposta community, in the small village of Bagno a Ripoli near Florence, Sudpresse reported.
"We do not know when she will come," Sudpresse cited the centre's Canadian pasteur Paul Schafer as saying.
"At this point, we have not discussed a permanent residency with us. First of all, there will be a stay of five to seven days so that she can reflect and rest," Mr Schafer said.
"A Belgian evangelical group told me (of her case) and I responded favourably.
"We know that she is in the eye of the media in Belgium and we are ready to offer her a spiritual retreat in our group, nothing more," he added.
Dutroux was jailed for life in 2004 for the kidnap and rape of six girls, and the murder of four of his victims, in one of the most infamous episodes in Belgium's criminal history.
Former schoolteacher Martin, who was arrested in 1996, was sentenced at the same time as her then ex-husband, for helping him hold the girls captive and for complicity in the deaths of two who were found starved to death in a locked cellar.
Martin married Dutroux in 1983 and had three children with him before they divorced in 2003.
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