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26 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — French police have arrested a Chechen man at the request of Dutch justice officials for alleged involvement in the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh last year.
A spokesman for the Amsterdam public prosecution office (OM) identified the man on Wednesday as Bislan I., 25. His fingerprint was allegedly found on a document among the belongings of Mohammed B., the man who has confessed to Van Gogh's murder.
The spokesman said the fingerprint was found on a letter B. — a suspected Islamic militant — wrote to his family. The letter was found in a house on the Hart Nibbrigstraat in Amsterdam-Slotervaart, where B.'s father and sister live.
The Chechen suspect is allegedly linked to Chechen Islamic groups and was arrested in Tours on 18 May. He is waiting extradition to the Netherlands.
It is expected that the man will be extradited to the Netherlands at the start of June when he will be placed in detention and called before a judge.
Investigations into the suspect's actions continue and it is possible he will be included in inquiries into the suspected terror network Hofstad group.
Some 11 alleged members of the Hofstad group are being detained and the prosecutor suspects Mohammed B. played a leading role in the group. Members of the group are thought to have met with B. at his Amsterdam-West home.
Van Gogh was shot and stabbed on 2 November last year and the killer left a note plunged into his body with a knife warning MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali was next. Van Gogh and Hirsi Ali collaborated on the film 'Submission', which cast a critical eye on domestic violence within Islamic communities.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
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