Raids on homes of suspects in director's murder

13th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

13 December 2005, MADRID — Spanish police have raided houses used by two Chechens suspected of being linked to the murder of the Dutch film director Theo van Gogh.

13 December 2005

MADRID — Spanish police have raided houses used by two Chechens suspected of being linked to the murder of the Dutch film director Theo van Gogh.

Dutch authorities asked their Spanish counterparts to raid the homes in Madrid, Paterna, near Valencia and Fuengirola, near Malaga.

They were homes used by suspects Bislam Achamedovich Ismailov and Kabez Ismailov.

Bislam Achamedovich was arrested in France and extradited to Holland to stand trial for for alleged part in the murder.

Kabez Ismailov is being held in prison in Peru for different offences.

Mohammed B., who stabbed and shot the director to death in broad daylight in November last year, has been jailed for life for the murder.

Police discovered a large quantity of documentation at the three addresses, which linked them to the Chechen Islamic resistance.

Since October 2003, Dutch and Spanish police have been working together to try to prevent an expected terrorist attack by Chechen extremists in Holland.

Other members of a group called the Hofstadgroep, which it was later discovered had links to Spain.

Van Gogh was making a film about the right-ring politician Pim Fortuyn who was also murdered in May 2002.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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