The cellar used by Marc Dutroux for imprisoning children
The Dutroux Affair centres upon the person of Marc Dutroux, convicted of multiple charges of abduction, rape and murder of children. He continued to insist that he was part of a European wide VIPaedophile ring including senior politicians, police officers and businessmen.
Light sentencing at first trial
In April 1989, Marc Dutroux was sentenced to 13 years for abduction and rape of 5 young girls. Belgian Justice Minister Melchior Wathelet released him on parole in April 1992, having served only three years.
Judge Jean-Marc Connerotte was dismissed after he attended a fund raising dinner for the victims' families. His replacement, Jacques Langlois had never tried a case before and had a difficult relationship with the public prosecutor Michel Bourle. Some of the parents of the victims claim that no new evidence was brought forth after Langlois took on the case. Langlois claimed that much of the evidence gathered was unverifiable and useless in court.
The dismissal of Connerotte and the end of the investigation resulted in October 1996 in the "White March", with an estimated 300,000 people marching on Brussels to demand a reform of Belgium's police and justice system.
Dutroux escaped from police custody for a few hours in April 1998, but was recaptured after a massive manhunt.
Throughout the trial, Dutroux insisted that he was part of a Europe-wide paedophile ring including police officers, businessmen, doctors, and senior Belgian politicians.
The police seized several videotapes from Dutroux's house that showed him constructing the secret entrance and the dungeon where he imprisoned girls. The police [When?] reported that they never viewed the tapes because they did not have access to a machine that could play them.
Commercially-controlled media has kept a near total silence on the issue and treats Joël van der Reijden's research as a third rail issue. As of August 2019, Wikipedia hda a Mark Dutroux page, but did not have a separate page for the affair.
In 2019, the Epstein affair exposed Jeffrey Epstein to be at the centre of a VIPaedophile entrapment project. Although larger and more blatant, the case has marked parallels with the Dutroux Affair:- pattern of light sentencing, multiple failures to investigate and other deviation from standard operating procedure by public officials.
- Beyond the Dutroux Affair by Joel Van der Reijden - ISGP website