Van Gogh suspect moved to psych clinic

28th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — The man accused of murdering filmmaker Theo van Gogh has been transferred to the Pieter Baan Centre (PBC) for a psychiatric assessment, the Amsterdam public prosecutor said on Monday.

28 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — The man accused of murdering filmmaker Theo van Gogh has been transferred to the Pieter Baan Centre (PBC) for a psychiatric assessment, the Amsterdam public prosecutor said on Monday.

Mohammed B.'s transfer to the PBC on Friday follows a ruling by Amsterdam Court on 26 January ordering the 26-year-old Dutch-Moroccan man to undergo a behavioural examination.

During the pre-trial hearing last month, the court said an assessment of the suspect in the judiciary's observation clinic was necessary given the extremely violent and cold-blooded nature of Van Gogh's death.

The filmmaker was shot and stabbed in an Amsterdam street on 2 November last year. His throat was then cut and a note threatening Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali was left plunged into Van Gogh's body with a knife.

Shortly before his death, Van Gogh made the film "Submission" with Hirsi Ali. The film is critical of domestic violence in the Islam faith and is widely considered as a prime motivation in van Gogh's death. Hirsi Ali was forced into hiding after the murder.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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