Belgian 'link' to Van Gogh murder

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14 December 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch police are investigating a possible Belgian link to the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, it was reported on Tuesday.

14 December 2004

AMSTERDAM — Dutch police are investigating a possible Belgian link to the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, it was reported on Tuesday.

Two Belgian newspapers said the Dutch inquiries are focused on a Belgian-Moroccan, identified as Abdelkader Hakimi. A delegation of Dutch police officers travelled to Brussels on Tuesday.

Hakimi is alleged to have had the telephone number of Ismael A. in his address book, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported. A. was arrested with another terror suspect after a 14-hour stand-off in The Hague on 10 November.

The Amsterdam Moroccan is accused of planning to murder Dutch MPs Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders. He was also in contact with Dutch-Moroccan Mohammed B., the man suspected of killing Van Gogh.

Both Hirsi Ali and Wilders are vocal critics of Islam. Moreover, Hirsi Ali worked on the film "Submission" with Van Gogh. The film — which suggested Islam condones domestic violence against women — is said to have been the motive of Van Gogh's murder.

Besides Mohammed B., six other men are currently being detained in connection with Van Gogh's murder last month. They have all been linked to the suspected terror network, Hofstadgroep (Main City Group). In total 12 people have been arrested as investigations into the network continue.

Meanwhile, Belgian police suspect Hakimi is the European leader of the militant Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group. The terrorist group is believed to have links to al-Qaeda and is suspected of being involved in the Casablanca and Madrid bombings.

Hakimi was sentenced to death in absentia in Morocco in 1985. After returning from Afghanistan, he has worked in a snack bar in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek in Belgium. He was arrested in Belgium in March on terrorism charges.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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