Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Van Gogh killer jailed for life

"A Dutch court has sentenced a 27-year-old radical Islamist to life in prison for the November murder of controversial film-maker Theo Van Gogh.

Mohammed Bouyeri, who has joint Dutch-Moroccan nationality, had made a courtroom confession and had vowed to do the same again if given the chance.

The murder in Amsterdam stunned the Netherlands. The court ruled that it was a terrorist act.

The judge said the murder had triggered 'great fear and insecurity' in society.

'The murder of Theo van Gogh provoked a wave of revulsion and disdain in the Netherlands. Theo van Gogh was mercilessly slaughtered,' said Judge Udo Willem Bentinck."

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BBC NEWS | Europe | Van Gogh killer jailed for life

News MCQ:
Now what do you think (select any number of answers)?
a) He should have been executed.
b) This is fair enough.
c) He should get a milder prison time.
d) He should be set free.
e) More people should be charged (those whose teachings made him commit his crime)
f) The guy is a hero. He should be awarded for his zeal.

Why? I love to read a discussion about it.
Europe is not responding to the killing by killing! What's your say on that?

B. This is fair enough.

Despite Theo being a very controversial man. With a number of controversial statements, commentary and more importantly films, that I have not seen but read about. Apperantly the films might have carried lots of hate towards Islam. Others say that it only criticised fundementalism.

Anyways, his views are beside the point.

Killing him was cold bloded murder. It is another example of those "goat-fuckers" playing god. The death threats are a proof that they are not smart or audacious enough to argue or start a civilised debate for example.

Remember the murder of Farag Fouda, the attack on Mahfouz and the threats to Qimni.
He is a murderer, but he is still a human being. I would rather go for c) He should get a milder prison time. What he did is due to social and ideological illnesses that have to be cured. He is a source of terror for the time being but the ultimate goal is that he turns to be a normal member of the society one day. That’s why I don’t like the “for life” part of the sentence.
I go for B and E. His life in prison should not be pleasant, either.
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