NOS to televise Van Gogh hearing

25th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch public news service NOS will broadcast slightly delayed, but otherwise live footage of the first hearing in the case against the suspected murderer of Theo Van Gogh.

25 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch public news service NOS will broadcast slightly delayed, but otherwise live footage of the first hearing in the case against the suspected murderer of Theo Van Gogh.

The pre-trial hearing opens in Amsterdam Court on Wednesday and the NOS broadcast will start at about 10.15am on Nederland 2. The murder suspect, Dutch-Moroccan Mohammed B., is not expected to appear in court.

A spokesman for NOS said there will be a 15-minute delay between live events in the courthouse and the broadcast on television. The delay will be used to edit out privacy-sensitive material, such as names of witnesses, news agency ANP reported on Tuesday.

The court, the public prosecutor and the lawyer representing B. have assented to the televised broadcast. The suspect cannot be filmed, but NOS has been given almost free reign in Wednesday's broadcast due to the fact that B. will not be in court. A new agreement will need to be made for the broadcast of the trial itself.

Mohammed B. is accused of shooting and stabbing Van Gogh in Amsterdam on 2 November last year. He is also accused of the attempted murder of a police officer and impeding the work of MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was allegedly threatened with death in a letter left plunged into Van Gogh's body with a knife.

Wednesday's hearing is a pre-trial hearing and the trial itself will start at a later date. B. faces life in jail if convicted. He is also under investigation for possible involvement in threats against other politicians and alleged links to the suspected terror network, Main City Group (Hofstadgroep).

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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