Monday, July 11, 2005
Suspected killer of Theo van Gogh on trial
The trial of Mohammed Bouyeri, who has confessed to killing filmmaker Theo van Gogh on 2 November 2004, begins today in Amsterdam. The 27-year-old suspect, who holds both Moroccan and Dutch nationality, has refused to cooperate with the authorities.
He will be brought to the trial by force if necessary. The suspect has requested that his lawyer, Peter Plasman, not speak on his behalf. Mr Bouyeri faces a sentence of life imprisonment.
He is believed to have killed Theo van Gogh because of his film Submission, which he made together with the MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The film, which showed naked women with koran texts written on their bodies, was a protest against the oppression of women in the name of Islam. The killing of Theo van Gogh further exacerbated ethnic tensions in the Netherlands.
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