A verdict is expected today in the trial of the Muslim extremist who has confessed to killing Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh. In the two-day hearing, Mohammed Bouyeri said he had been driven by his religious beliefs and that if released he would do exactly the same thing again.
The prosecution has called for a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for Bouyeri, who has dual Dutch-Moroccan nationality. He was arrested after a shoot-out with police, following the murder in November. Theo van Gogh was cycling along a street in Amsterdam when he was shot, stabbed and almost beheaded. A distant relative of the artist Vincent van Gogh, he was a controversial household name whose film “Submission” – criticizing the treatment of women under Islam – outraged many Muslims. After his murder, the Netherlands was rocked by a wave of revenge attacks on mosques and counter-attacks on churches.