Pedophile's accomplice on the cusp of freedom

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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2012 file photo, a police officer walks by graffiti sprayed onto the entrance of the Poor Clares Monastery in Malonne, Belgium. Graffiti was sprayed in reaction to the eventual arrival to the monastery of Michelle Martin, the ex-wife of Belgium's child killer Marc Dutroux - the man responsible for several rapes and deaths in the 1990's. A court ruled in favor of freeing Michelle Martin to live in the monastery. Martin, is halfway through a 30-year jail sentence she received for complicity in the Dutroux case. Graffiti reads in French 'No' and includes the initials M.M. for Michelle Martin. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

BRUSSELS (AP) — The highest court is considering whether to grant conditional early release to one of the nation's most despised criminals even though the accomplice and former wife of a pedophile and child killer let two of his victims starve to death.

The Court of Cassation said Tuesday it can only rule on procedural issues in the decision by a lower court to allow Michelle Martin to go live in a convent after serving barely half of her 30-year sentence for her part in the mid-1990s kidnappings, rapes and killings of Marc Dutroux.

The overwhelming expectation is that Martin will be granted her freedom and in southern Belgium's Malonne, where the Clarisse convent is willing to host her, security forces are already preparing her arrival.