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Muslim extremist confesses, makes no apologies for Van Gogh murder

[JURIST] Near the end of his trial [JURIST report] in Amsterdam Tuesday, Muslim extremist Mohammed Bouyeri [Wikipedia profile] confessed to the November 2004 murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh [Wikipedia profile], saying "if I were released and would have the chance to do it again. . . I would do exactly the same thing." Bouyeri added that he stabbed, shot and almost beheaded Van Gogh because his faith required him to "cut off the head of anyone who insults Allah and his prophet." Van Gogh's film, "Submission" [synopsis and clip of film] criticized the treatment of Islamic women. Bouyeri is believed to be a member of the Hofstad Network [Wikipedia profile], a terrorist cell linked to Syrian spiritual leader Redouan al-Issar [profile]. He has offered no defense to the charges against him; a verdict is expected later this month. AP has more.

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