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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Scandal Resurfaces In Belgium

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- More than five years since Marc Dutroux's arrest on charges of abduction, rape and the killing of young girls, Belgium's most notorious prisoner and its pedophile scandal were back on the front pages Tuesday.

The Belgian newsweekly Humo published correspondence Dutroux had with a journalist over the past year, in which he denied killing four of the girls he is accused of kidnapping.

On Monday night, the VTM television network aired a prison interview with Dutroux in which he suggested Belgian authorities did not want to investigate pedophile networks.

"There truly is a network with criminal links. But the justice system does not want to investigate this," Dutroux said.

Although Dutroux divulged no new information on the cases, the sudden media spotlight has brought one of Belgium's biggest postwar scandals to the fore again.

Dutroux's case led to a wholesale overhaul of Belgian law enforcement agencies after revelations of inept police work in the search for the missing children provoked widespread outrage.

The VTM program was made possible when a senator led a journalist carrying a tape recorder past guards at the prison where Dutroux is held. It raised questions about the effectiveness of security around the nation's top prisoner.

Dutroux overpowered guards and briefly escaped prison in 1998, causing the resignation of two government ministers. He is currently serving a five-year sentence for his escape. His trial on the kidnap, rape and murder charges is expected early next year.

The senator, Jean-Marie Dedecker from the liberal VLD party of Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, was reprimanded by his party for failing to tell prison staff he was bringing a journalist into the meeting with Dutroux.

Dutroux was arrested Aug. 13, 1996, while he was on parole after serving less than half of a 13 1/2 year sentence for abducting and raping five girls in the 1980s.