Court will decide on Monday on Dutroux accomplice’s release

A court will decide on Monday on the release on Michel Lelièvre. Now 47, Michel Lelièvre was an accomplice of Belgium’s best-known criminals Marc Dutroux. With 2 years of his 25 year sentence still left to serve, Michel Lelièvre has request early release. If released he would be electronically tagged. He is currently doing time in the high security prison at Ittre in Walloon Brabant.        

Michel Lelièvre was first detained in 1996. He helped Marc Dutroux kidnap An Marchal, Eefje Lambrecks, Laetitia Delhez and Sabine Dardenne. He was sentenced to 25 years and his sentence is due to come to an end in 2 years’ time. In 2018 he was given leave from prison as part of the preparations for his release. He then also filed a request for early release.

However, it was rejected by the custody court as Michel Lelièvre could not provide a fixed abode, one of the conditions for being released with and electronic tag. However, this time around his lawyers say that he has a number of “prospects” of offers of accommodation.

Early this month Michel Lelièvre’s lawyer said that in addition to release with an electronic tag, release on probation was also a possibility for his client. At the hearing earlier this month Jean Lambrecks whose daughter Eefje was murdered by Marc Dutroux called on the judges not to allow Michel Lelièvre’s early release.

The Marc Dutroux’s ex-wife Michelle Martin was released on probation in 2012.  She had been sentenced to 30 years, 5 years more than Michel Lelièvre. Recently, Marc Dutroux filed an early release request. His request will be heard on 17 October. Marc Dutroux was sentenced to life impression plus 10 years detention at the government’s pleasure. 

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