Melchior Wathelet

Melchior H. M. J. F. C. Wathelet (born 6 March 1949) is a Belgian politician and member of the Humanist Democratic Centre. He has degrees in law and in economics (University of Liège) and is a Master of Laws (Harvard University). He is also a professor at the Catholic University of Louvain and the Université de Liège. From 1995 to 2003 he was a Judge at the European Court of Justice. Since October 2012 Wathelet serves as advocate-general at the Court of Justice.

Melchior Wathelet
Minister-President of Wallonia
In office
11 December 1985  3 February 1988
Preceded byJean-Maurice Dehousse
Succeeded byGuy Coëme
Personal details
Born (1949-03-06) 6 March 1949
Political partyHumanist Democratic Centre
Alma materUniversity of Liège
Harvard University

Political career


As Justice Minister he had, according to David Canter, "encouraged the early release of many sex offenders" which included Marc Dutroux, a convicted child molester and subsequent serial killer.[2] This particular release resulted in the European Parliament calling for his resignation.[3]

Wathelet was himself implicated as being part of an organised child abuse ring by two separate witnesses in the aftermath of the Dutroux case; Regina Louf, (an alleged victim of organised child abuse and prostitution), and Pascal Willens, (a Belgian Psychologist working with two young abuse victims aged 8–10 years).[4]

Louf's entire testimony was later discredited by the Belgian authorities despite various other corroborative witness statements and her knowledge of specific facts about cases which at the time were known only to the police.[5]

See also


  1. "Presentation of the Members". Court of Justice. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  2. David Canter (2003). Mapping Murder. The Secrets of Geographical Profiling. Virgin Books. ISBN 1-85227-078-0. Page 175.
  3. Eades, David (6 November 1997). "Belgian judge urged to quit over Dutroux paedophile case". BBC News. London. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  4. "Dutroux case and X-Dossier victim-witnesses". Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  5. Pook, Sally. "Cruel campaign against victim who was ignored". The Telegraph.

Political offices
Preceded by
Jean-Maurice Dehousse
Minister-President of Walloonia
Succeeded by
Guy Coëme

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