AIVD denies tip-off over Van Gogh's murder

27th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — A witness has told the public prosecutor's office (OM) that he warned security service AIVD that filmmaker Theo van Gogh was at risk of being killed prior to the brutal murder last year.

27 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — A witness has told the public prosecutor's office (OM) that he warned security service AIVD that filmmaker Theo van Gogh was at risk of being killed prior to the brutal murder last year.

The witness — reportedly a Moroccan friend of Mohammed B., the suspected killer — claimed earlier this month in a three-day interrogation that he had tipped off the AIVD, newspaper 'De Volkskrant' reported.

But the AIVD denies it was forewarned and has accused the man of lying.

Spokesman Vincent van Steen said investigations into the witness were completed on Tuesday and the AIVD has concluded that he never contacted the security service.

The AIVD has not officially informed the OM of its findings.

A spokeswoman for the OM refused to confirm on Wednesday whether the prosecution will now reject the man's testimony in response to the AIVD inquiry.

She refused to comment further and said more will be revealed next Tuesday when suspected members of the Hofstadgroep will appear in court for a second pre-trial hearing.

The 12 suspected members of the alleged terror network are accused of forming a criminal and terrorist gang that planned attacks on politicians and public administrators.

The prosecutor told Rotterdam Court in February when the 12 suspects were refused bail that their arrest thwarted one or more attacks in the Netherlands.

Mohammed B. is alleged to have been in contact with the group prior to Van Gogh's murder.

The filmmaker was shot and stabbed on an Amsterdam street last November, allegedly in retaliation for his criticism of Islam.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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