In His Own Words

ScarletScarlet Posts: 3,125Registered Users Curl Neophyte
Tuesday July 12, 9:51 PM YAHOO
Suspect in Dutch filmmaker's murder makes dramatic court room confession

The man accused of killing Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh confessed to a Dutch court that he acted out of his religious beliefs, saying he would do "exactly the same" if he were ever set free.

"I take complete responsibility for my actions. I acted purely in the name of my religion," 27-year-old Dutch-Moroccan national Mohammed Bouyeri told the court in Amsterdam on the final day of his trial.

Prosecutor Frits van Straelen demanded a life sentence for Bouyeri for killing Van Gogh on an Amsterdam street on November 2, 2004. He recalled the particular brutality of the murder in broad daylight saying Bouyeri not only shot Van Gogh 15 times but also stabbed him and finally slit his throat.

According to the prosecutor the murder of Van Gogh, an outspoken columnist who often criticised Islam and the multi-cultural society, deeply shocked Dutch society.

The killing -- which happened in plain view of more than 50 witnesses while the filmmaker was cycling to work -- stoked ethnic tensions and sparked a wave of reprisal attacks primarily directed at the Muslim community here.

In addition to a life sentence, the prosecution also demanded that Bouyeri be stripped of his right to vote or stand for election for the rest of his life, "to literally place him outside of our democracy".

After the prosecution's closing statement Bouyeri, who had refused to say anything about his motives during the trial, took the opportunity to make a final statement.

"I can assure you that one day, should I be set free, I would do exactly the same, exactly the same," he said, speaking slowly in sometimes halted Dutch.

He said he felt an obligation to Van Gogh's mother Anneke, present in court, to speak, but offered no sympathy.

"I have to admit I do not feel for you, I do not feel your pain, I cannot -- I don't know what it is like to lose a child," he said as Van Gogh's family and friends looked on.

"I cannot feel for you ... because I believe you are an infidel," he added.

"I acted out of conviction -- not because I hated your son."

Van Gogh's mother listened quietly as Bouyeri, wearing a Palestinian black and white headscarf, spoke with a hint of admiration for her son.

"I cannot accuse your son of hypocrisy because he was not a hypocrite. He said things out of conviction," Bouyeri said of Van Gogh.

Bouyeri told the prosecutor that he concurred with the charges against him and the demand for a life sentence -- a sentence which holds no possibility of parole in the Netherlands.

Several months before he was killed Van Gogh, a distant relative of 19th-century painter Vincent van Gogh, had directed a short film called "Submission", which linked abuse of women to Islam.

A letter was left on his body that included quotations from the Koran and threats to several Dutch politicians, including Somali-born lawmaker Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who wrote the script for "Submission".

Bouyeri was arrested after a shoot-out with the police as he attempted to flee the murder scene.

He is charged with the premeditated murder of Van Gogh, the attempted murder of several police officers and bystanders, illegal possession of firearms, obstructing the work of Hirsi Ali as a member of parliament and threatening her with a terrorist act.

Hirsi Ali spent two months in hiding after the murder and is now under 24-hour protection.

Even though prosecutors have said that Bouyeri was "a leading figure" in a terrorist organization known as the Hofstad group, he has not yet been charged in that connection because of lack of evidence, Van Straelen said.

The Amsterdam court will hand down a verdict in the case on July 26, the three-judge panel said after the trial ended here Tuesday
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  • redheadpainredheadpain Posts: 5Registered Users
    I don't see how this shocks anyone. These kinds of people are nuts. They hate the US, Europe, and the rest of the free world. They can't take the heat if someone doesn't see it their way it's all oh you must be an infidel. Screw you is what I would say. Who are you to decide who’s an infidel? People should be able to practice their religion in peace and not have to bend to the whim of someone else's religion just because they take it too far. Let's just be civil you believe whatever it is that you want and let me do the same and if you don't like my ways then fine don't be my friend. I just don't get why these radicals get these crazy ideas in their heads.
  • susancnwsusancnw Posts: 1,374Registered Users Curl Novice
    I'd missed this one. There is a serious imbalance in the religion. I've not read much of the Koran and the associate texts. I have a hard time getting past the misogeny. Women are worthless. I strikes me as soo incredible...but women are living with that daily.

    I guess you could admire the guy for having the courage of his convictions, but the world that he promotes and envisions scares the daylights out of me.

    A really frightening fictional view of this is in Robert Ferrigno's Prayers for the Assassin. It shows the US split into the Islamic States, the south has seceded (again!), etc. It's frightening and the fact that is the sort of world proposed by Islamic jihadists and mosques is scary.
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,391Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Scarlet wrote: »
    Van Gogh's mother listened quietly as Bouyeri, wearing a Palestinian black and white headscarf, spoke with a hint of admiration for her son.

    I'm curious as to why the reporter and the editors decided to describe what must have been a keffiyeh as specifically Palestinian. Unless the murderer said that it was Palestinian, or was wearing it Arafat-style (draped to resemble a Palestinian state that includes all of Israel), it's just plain Arab.
  • Melanie_LinnMelanie_Linn Posts: 457Registered Users
    People like this make me mad, I've had muslim friends. And i can tell every one that islam, isn't the violent intolerant religion its portrayed as. In fact I've read the qur'an and forbids the mistreatment of women, as well as orphanes. It gives guidlines for their treatment to. It urges both men and women to be modest.

    I myself am pagan, but i research religions before i found the one that was right for me. I knew from my friends that islam wasn't what people portrayed it as, and confirmed this while doing my research.

    people like this man give a noble, and tolerant religion a horrible image. One that it doesn't deserve at all.
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