Judges to rule in Van Gogh case

Bouyeri has admitted to killing helmer last Novemeber

AMSTERDAM — The three-judge panel hearing the case of the accused slayer of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh will render its judgment July 26 and hand down sentencing the same day.

Mohammad Bouyeri has admitted killing Van Gogh and told the court he would do it again if he could, adding he was following Muslim law that “commands me to chop off the head of everyone who insults Allah or his prophet.”

Van Gogh was shot and stabbed to death in Amsterdam last November after receiving a number of death threats following the showing of “Submission,” a film critical of Islamic treatment of women.

Bouyeri also was accused of attempted murder of police officers and possession of illegal weapons.

Van Gogh’s death has sparked a major re-examination by the media community here on whether freedom of expression and the country’s traditional tolerance can prevail in an atmosphere where difference of opinion can have such lethal consequences.

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