11 July 2012
Ab Qasim, a member of the Shariah4Holland group, has been fined 750 Euros for his comments threatening PVV leader Geert Wilders. Speaking at an impromptu press conference in Amsterdam in May, Qasim suggested that Wilders should learn the lesson of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was murdered in 2004. In addition to the fine Qasim has been sentenced to 150 hours community service and a month’s suspended sentence.
27 May 2012
The organization Sharia4Holland received considerable attention in Dutch media this week. The group advocates establishing the Netherlands as an Islamic state, and was created in 2010 as an offshoot of the Sharia4Beligum, the organization. The radical stance has few supporters in the country, with estimations placing membership at one dozen- a Radio Netherlands Worldwide profile suggests that in many instances when the organization appears in public, participants are actually members of the more prominent Sharia4Belgium parent organization.
The group has attracted attention for organizing a conference which was to be held at an undisclosed location on May 26, 2012, and to which Fouad ‘Abu Imran’ Belkacem, head of Sharia4Belgium, had been invited to speak.
On Friday May 25 a man identifying as a Sharia4Holland participant, in a television interview at Amsterdam’s national monument, called Geert Wilders is “the dog of the Romans”, and warned that the politician should learn from the “lesson” of slain filmmaker Theo van Gogh.
Consequently, the organization has come under investigation by the Dutch police service, while councilor Robert Flos, a member of the ruling VVD, criticized police response at the time for not arresting the man as a result of his “hate speech”.
June 4 2011
De Telegraaf reports that a video clip released by as-Sahab, al-Qaeda’s media branch, has featured an image of Mohammed Bouyeri, who killed Dutch film director Theo van Gogh in 2004. His inclusion is unusual in a video which otherwise focuses on depictions of senior al-Qaeda leaders.
In an interview on Dutch television Ayaan Hirsi Ali announced that she will not make sequals to her controversial 2004 film Submission. Although the script is written, Hirsi Ali claims that making the film causes too great a risk to the cast and crew. Currently living in the United States, Hirsi Ali released Submission with director Theo van Gogh in the Netherlands in 2004, alleging to illustrate violence towards women in Islam. Van Gogh was subsequently murdered by a Muslim extremist. Hirsi Ali’s sequal was to depict the oppression of homosexuals in Islam.
November 3 2010
Seven young men accused of being members of members of the so-called ‘Hofstad (capital city) group’ face retrial on accusations of being members of a terrorist organization. The seven are part of a loose grouping of of young Muslims said to include Mohammed Bouyeri who murdered film maker Theo van Gogh in 2004. Since initially being found not guilty of participation in a terrorist organization in 2008, the Dutch high court has ruled that the definitions for the ‘existence and structure of a criminal or terrorist organization’ were too strict and ordered a retrial. Public prosecution suggested this week that the men should face up to 17 years in prison.
October 1 2010
The verdict in Geert Wilders’ trial for inciting hatred is to be postponed by two days, the Amsterdam court has announced. The verdict was originally scheduled for November 2, the anniversary of the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004 by a Muslim extremist, though the court denies that the anniversary is the reason for postponing the verdict.
According to a letter obtained by newspaper AD, Mohammed Bouyeri has no regrets about his murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. The murder occurred six years ago in
Amsterdam. Bouyeri is currently serving a life sentence for the killing and reportedly wrote in the letter that he has not regretted his actions, “not one second in all these
Following warnings of violence, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creator of South Park, censored an episode about religious figures including prophet Muhammad. Prior to the airing of the episode, a posting on the website of a US-based group, Revolution Muslim, had warned the creators of South Park that they might face the same fate as Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered by an Islamic militant in 2004. Van Gogh had made a movie in which Islam was accused of violence against women. Comedy Central has declined to comment on the issue.
The witness list for Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders’ upcoming trial has been released. Wilders requested that 18 witnesses, including Mohammed B., Theo van Gogh’s murderer, legal experts, Muslim “radicals”, and “ex-Muslims” be called for his trial. Of the requested list, only three Islam experts will be heard, and will testify behind closed doors. In addition, the court has denied the prosecution’s call for Wilders to be interviewed behind closed doors. Wilders has said that he wants to be questioned publicly.
The right wing politician faces five counts of religious insult and anti-Muslim incitement. ANP reports that the trial will take place sometime between June 1 and October 31, 2010.
The Netherlands’ high court ruled Tuesday that a case against seven alleged terrorists will be heard for a second time. The court ruled that a 2008 not guilty verdict for the seven men accused of being members of a terrorist organization was incorrectly based on overly strict definitions of the “existence and nature of a criminal organization”.
The so-called “Hofstadt group” is named after a common moniker for the Hague, the city in which it was based. Mohammed B., who murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004, is the group’s most well known member.