Will he be able in prison to indoctrinate and recruit for jihad? How many Muslims in Dutch mosques today are being taught the same principles that he acted upon to kill Van Gogh? From the Times Online, with thanks to all who sent this in:
A Dutch court sentenced the confessed killer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh to life imprisonment today, the harshest sentence possible for a murder that the judge described as a terrorist attack.
Mohammed Bouyeri, 27, had mounted no defence at his two-day trial earlier this month for the killing last November.
Bouyeri had accused Van Gogh of insulting Islam and told the court he would do it again if given the chance….
Bouyeri, wearing a black and white checkered headscarf, showed no emotion as he shook his lawyer’s hand following the verdict. He had earlier told the court he had intended to die in the action and become a martyr for his faith….
In a surprise declaration during his trial, Bouyeri said that he had acted in the name of Islam and felt no pain for Van Gogh’s family. After reciting Islamic prayers, he told the courtroom that if given the chance he would “do exactly the same thing”.
“What moved me to do what I did was purely my faith,” Bouyeri told the court. “I was motivated by the law that commands me to cut off the head of anyone who insults Allah and his prophet.”