Thursday, December 09, 2004

Van Gogh Murder Suspects Cleared

lgf: Van Gogh Murder Suspects Cleared

Those 6 Muslim men arrested in the Netherlands on the day of Theo Van Gogh’s murder have been cleared of the killing, but are still charged with belonging to a terrorist group. (Hat tip: zulubaby.)

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Six men arrested following the slaying of filmmaker Theo van Gogh are no longer suspects in the killing, but still face charges for belonging to a terrorist group, authorities said Tuesday.

The prime suspect in the Nov. 2 killing, 26-year-old Mohammed Bouyeri, remains in custody, officials said. But national prosecution spokesman Wim de Bruin said Amsterdam prosecutors have found no evidence linking six others to Van Gogh’s killing.

However, the men still face charges of belonging to a group of fundamentalists identified by Dutch intelligence as the “Hofstad” network, which is alleged to have links to the March 11 train bombings in Madrid that killed 191 people and the 2003 suicide bombings in Casablanca that killed 33.

Van Gogh, whose film “Submission” sharply criticized Islam’s treatment of women, was slain while bicycling in Amsterdam. His killer also left a note threatening Dutch politicians and others in the name of radical Islam.

Bouyeri was arrested minutes later following a shootout with police. The other suspects, some of whom had shared Bouyeri’s apartment and attended meetings there with an alleged fundamentalist spiritual leader, were arrested in a sweep the same day.

Their names have not been released. Their spiritual leader, identified as Syrian Redouan al-Issar, remains at large.

posted by Charles at 8:13 AM PST

Plus some great photos here