The trial of a man accused of murdering Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh has begun
in Amsterdam under the tightest security in the Netherland’s legal history.
Mohammed Bouyeri has already admitted to shooting and stabbing the director
last year and has waived the right to a defense. Authorities, who have controversially closed the trial to the public, fear racial repercussions.
Muslim scholar Bouyeri faces life imprisonment. He was allegedly angered by
Van Gogh’s anti-Islam film Submission, which featured scenes of an actress with
script from holy book the Koran written across her naked body.
The footage upset many Muslims, who sent death threats to Van Gogh and the
film’s screenwriter Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a prominent politician.
Ali is still under police protection following Van Gogh’s murder.
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