Accused Marc Dutroux attends the hearing during the pedophile trial at the Palace of Justice in Arlon, Belgium, Monday May 24, 2004. The biggest trial in Belgium\'s history moves closer to a conclusion as lawyers begin making final arguments Monday, but it has already been branded a failure for not revealing more about the crimes which shocked the country. (AP Photo/Jean-Pierre Clement, Pool)

Brussels - Belgium's notorious serial child killer Marc Dutroux appeared Monday before a special court seeking to be released and placed under house arrest with an electronic tag.

His appeal for early release comes just threee months before he completes 16 years of his life sentence for the kidnap and rape of six girls, and the murder of four of his victims, in one of the darkest episodes in Belgium's criminal history. - Sapa-AFP