Suspect's posts removed from internet forum

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16 November 2004, AMSTERDAM — Mohammed B., the man accused of murdering filmmaker Theo van Gogh, was an avid contributor to an internet discussion forum for Moroccans and his comments regarding Iraq had become more strident in the lead up to the murder, it has been reported.

16 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Mohammed B., the man accused of murdering filmmaker Theo van Gogh, was an avid contributor to an internet discussion forum for Moroccans and his comments regarding Iraq had become more strident in the lead up to the murder, it has been reported.

An investigation by Radio 1 News discovered Mohammed B. took part in a discussion about Jews around midnight on 2 November.

He was arrested after a gunfight with police minutes after Van Gogh was attacked on an Amsterdam street at 8.45am the same day. The filmmaker was shot, stabbed and his throat was cut.

Mohammed B. used the username Rifo79, on marokko.nl, a discussion forum with 65,000 registered members. About 15,000 comments are posted on the site daily.

The operators of the site confirmed on Tuesday that they had removed Mohammed B.'s post and handed the information to police.

The Marokko Media foundation which owns the forum told reporters it could not explain how the Rifo79 username was still in use last Friday although Mohammed B. had been in custody since 2 November.

Newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Mohammed B. signed up as a member of the forum on 27 March. From then until the month of the murder he posted comments 266 times.

In the three days before the killing, he made about 100 posts, which progressively became harder in tone and subject.

Following a police raid on the home of a Muslim family in Utrecht in October, Mohammed B. responded to a pro-American user on the forum: "The more innocent Muslims get arrested the better, then they will come to realise how Nazi-like your sort is".

The people arrested in the raid in Utrecht turned out to be innocent and they were released.

Responding to a person who described foreign Muslims who go to Iraq to fight the Americans as a rabble, Mohammed B. answered: "They come to chop of the heads of your brothers and that fat pig [Interim Prime Minister Ayad] Allawi. The people you call a rabble, I call men with balls who — unlike the little homos — don't attack from Apache helicopters and F-16 jets."

Mohammed B. posted a further 32 comments from the evening on 1 November to the early hours of the next morning.
 
In one post referring to Western troops in Iraq, he wrote: "I really hope that each and every one of them returns as roasted little pigs. Without their ugly heads, naturally".

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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