The judicial investigation opened in Namur to look into a possible fraud by Michelle Martin, by which she allegedly went bankrupt in order not to pay compensation to the families of Marc Dutroux’s victims, is complete, revealed the public prosecutor, Vincent Macq, on Thursday, thus confirming the news published in the Sudpresse newspapers. “I must now examine the result and draw up an indictment,” explains the prosecutor. He may also ask for further investigations if any doubts remain. The case will then be dealt with by the council chamber which will rule on whether it should go to trial or be dismissed.
Jean Lambrecks, Eefje’s father, filed a complaint for fraudulent insolvency against Marc Dutroux’s ex-wife in August 2012. He accused her of deliberately becoming poor so as not to have to pay compensation to the victims’ families, and reckoned the nuns from the Clarisses convent helped in this deception. The investigation into this case is now complete. Leedert Lambrecks, Eefje’s brother, also filed a complaint for fraudulent insolvency as well as a claim for criminal indemnification against Michelle Martin.
According to Sudpresse, some of the civil parties in question, such as Jean-Denis Lejeune, Julie’s father, or Laetitia Delhez, a surviving victim of Dutroux’s, noticed the monthly compensation payments to victims and their families made by Michelle Martin after her conditional release and her move to former judge Christian Panier’s home in Floriffoux had been reduced.