Man Jailed for Mosque Arson

March 8, 2005

Source: Reuters

On March 8, 2005 Reuters reported, "A Dutch court sentenced a man to two years in jail on Tuesday for setting fire to a mosque in apparent revenge for the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

He attacked the Turkish mosque in the northern town of Heerenveen on Nov. 10, just over a week after Van Gogh, an outspoken critic of Islam, was killed as he cycled to work.

His murder sparked a wave of attacks on mosques, religious schools and churches.

The court said the arsonist was motivated by the events of that tense time as well as his extreme right-wing ideas. It also noted that a psychiatrist had concluded that he was suffering from a personality disorder with anti-social tendencies."