Dutch Prosecutors File New Charges Against Van Gogh Killer

Prosecutors in the Netherlands have filed new charges against a Dutch-born Islamic extremist who was convicted of killing filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

Mohammed Bouyeri, 27, and 12 other defendants appeared in a Dutch court Tuesday to face charges of membership in a terrorist movement authorities have called the “Hofstad Group.”

The 12 defendants were arrested shortly after Van Gogh’s killing.

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Lawyers for Bouyeri say the prosecution wants to punish their client further, adding that he has already received the maximum sentence of life in prison. The new charges carry a maximum 15-year prison term.

Dutch authorities believe Van Gogh’s murder was a response to his criticism of Islam and its treatment of women in his film “Submission.”

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