Marc Dutroux, named by Euronews as Belgium's most notorious criminal, has asked a special court in Brussels to be released early into house arrest with electronic tagging from his life term in prison. He has served almost 16 years of his sentence.
Dutroux was convicted of abducting, imprisoning and raping six young girls, murdering two of them, in 2004, according to BBC News. Dutroux's ex-wife, Michelle Martin, was arrested in 1996 and convicted in 2004 of complicity in the starvation deaths the two victims. In August 2011, Martin was freed after 16 years of her 30-year sentence.
Dutroux is completely isolated in prison and has no contact with other inmates. Prison officials state that this is for his own safety.
Both Dutroux and Martin were arrested in the 1980s for kidnapping and raping five young girls, but were released early on good behavior--only to repeat the offenses later.