MIM: After Theo van Gogh's killer was given a life sentence for killing Theo van Gogh, the judge all but apologised that he had to hand down such a sentence, and regretfully noted that Mohammed Bouyeri, the killer, had given the Dutch justice system no choice because he had shown no remorse. In what can only be termed a banalisation of evil, prosecutors took issue with the judge's decision that Mohammed Bouyeri would continue to retain his voting rights. The judge's reasoning that 'he would not use them anyway because he did not recognise the legitimacy of the Dutch government' is indicative of how the Dutch have underestimated the threat which Bouyeri's weltaanshauung poses to Holland. Instead of trying to have Bouyeri's voting rights removed, the Dutch prosecutors should have pleaded for the use of the death penalty, on the grounds that Bouyeri is a hero an role model for Muslims in Holland.
This wrangling over the voting rights of radical Islamists trivialized the horrific aspect of the crime, which involved the terrorist shooting and decapitation in broad daylight of Theo van Gogh, by a killer who said he would do it again if he was not incarcerated. The killer even admitted that he had killed Van Gogh to terrorise Dutch society, and his Psy Op's were allowed to continue in the court, where he was permitted to appear in an Islamic robe and keffiyah, and brandish a Koran. Mohammed Bouyeri is now a hero to Morroccan Muslim youth and regarded as a martyr. The court decided to place him in solitary confinement, since it was feared he would attract a following in prison. During the two months Bouyeri was kept under surveillance in a pyschiatric clinic (the Peterbaan Centrum), he did not speak one word to the doctors, (whom he refused to recognise), but tried to teach Jihad and Koran to other Muslims there.
Bouyeri's first trial gave him the opportunity to present himself as a Muslim martyr, a symbol of defiance clad in a robe,keffiyah and brandishing a Koran,while refusing to recognize the 'infidel court proceedings' and and was a propaganda victory for the terrorists.
Offical claims that trying Bouyeri for his role in the Hofstad Groep will have some 'redeeming social value' are misguided at best.and will prove counterproductive at worst. Courtroom prosecution of Bouyeri for membership in the Hofstad groep will inevitably backfire by becoming a PR platform for Bouyeri refuse to recognise what he termed the infidel proceedings of a legal system which he deems non applicable to Muslims. Putting Bouyeri on trial as a proof of the existence of terrorist group highlights the inability of the Dutch government to adequately face the threat which radical Islamists pose to their country and way of life.
Instead of declaring all out war on terrorism, the Dutch appear to have again opted to counter barbarism with civility and suicidal political correctness.
Mohammed Bouyeri faces new trial
Translation by Beila Rabinowitz director MIM
Mohammed B. will be prosecuted again for the role he is supposed to have played in the Hofstad Groep. This decision was made by the court on Friday.
The judges have allowed a for Mohammed Bouyeri to face a new trial, even though he has received a life sentence for his crime against Van Gogh and in principal, will never be released. Bouyeri's lawyer Peter Plasman, calls the prosecution contrary to the law.
According to Plasman the Ministry of Public Affairs wants to conduct a show trial. 'The point is that the head of the Justice Department wants to mete out extra punishment to Mohammed Bouyeri to give him added sufferering, even after he has received the maximum punishment. And that is not permitted according to law', finds the lawyer.
The Ministry of Public Affairs (OM) believes that they have the right to try Mohammed Bouyeri for his role in the Hofstad Groep. A. van Dam, an official in the Justice Department said that new information has come to light since the sentencing of Mohammed Bouyeri, about his involvement in the Hofstad Groep. "It is clear that members of the Hofstad Groep were centered around Bouyeri and were inspired by him."
The judges find it "understandable and not reasonable" that the murder of Theo van Gogh has become top priority by the Minstry of Public Affairs due to the tremendous public and societal onrest which it generated. For that reason the Department of Justice has not forfeited the right to try him for his suspected role in the Hofstad Groep. The court finds that in this case the Ministry of Public Affairs must be permitted to let the interests of the society outweigh those of Mohammed Bouyeri.
The Ministry of Public Affairs claims that there are other reasons which justify the prosecution of Mohammed Bouyeri for his role in the Hofstad Groep. "It is about looking for the truth and a public display of accountability". "We do not want to give Bouyeri that as a present",
" according to the prosecutor Van Dam during the most recent hearing about the Hofstad Groep.
According to Plasman, the Justice Department does not need Bouyeri as a suspect to prove that the Hofstad Groep exists. He can appear as a witness", said the lawyer on Friday.
The judges have also found that one does not necessarily have to involve sentencing. In this case it is about 'doing right'. That is the main point according to the court. It's about coming to a correctly motivated judgement , after an investigation and public trial.
The lawyer said he was satisfied so far with the extensive ruling which was handed down by the court and found it to be a well motivated "interim ruling". Plasman and Bouyeri cannot appeal the ruling. That can only occur after the court has issued a final ruling in the case which is expected to be in the first half of next year.
vrijdag 14 oktober 2005 uur.