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|Minister-President of Walloonia|
11 December 1985 – 3 February 1988
|Preceded by||Jean-Maurice Dehousse|
|Succeeded by||Guy Coëme|
6 March 1949 |
|Political party||Humanist Democratic Centre|
|Alma mater||University of Liège
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.
- Member of the Chamber of Representatives (1977-1995)
- Secretary of State for Regional Economy of the Walloon Region (1980-1981)
- Minister of New Technologies and SMEs of the Walloon Region (1981-1985)
- Minister-President of the Walloon Region (1985-1988)
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and Middle Classes (1988-1992)
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and Economic Affairs (1992-1995)
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence (1995)
- Mayor of Verviers (1995)
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. This particular release resulted in the European Parliament calling for his resignation.
- "Presentation of the Members". Court of Justice. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- David Canter (2003). Mapping Murder. The Secrets of Geographical Profiling. Virgin Books. ISBN 1-85227-078-0. Page 175.
- Eades, David (6 November 1997). "Belgian judge urged to quit over Dutroux paedophile case". BBC News (London). Retrieved 24 March 2015.
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