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2005-12-05 12:20:39

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A group of suspected Islamists, including the jailed killer of a Dutch filmmaker, watched films of beheadings, a court heard as they went on trial on Monday for plotting attacks and belonging to a terrorist group. Dutch police arrested the 14 men after the murder of Theo van Gogh last November by Mohammed Bouyeri, who shot and stabbed the filmmaker before slashing his throat, an act prosecutors said at his trial in July "evoked beheadings in the...

2005-12-05 06:58:41

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Fourteen men, including the jailed killer of a Dutch filmmaker, went on trial on Monday accused of plotting attacks and membership in a terrorist network. Dutch police arrested the men after the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh last November by Mohammed Bouyeri. Bouyeri was sentenced to life in jail earlier this year. He and most of the other men are descendants of Moroccan immigrants. The trial is a key test of a new Dutch law, which...

2005-12-04 18:22:52

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Fourteen men, including the jailed killer of a Dutch filmmaker, go on trial on Monday accused of planning attacks and belonging to a militant Islamist network. Dutch police arrested the men, mostly with Moroccan roots, after the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh last November by Mohammed Bouyeri, sentenced to life in jail earlier this year. The trial is a key test of a new Dutch law, which introduced the charge of "membership of a criminal...

2005-11-05 08:35:18

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - An unnamed source has told Dutch police that a group of suspected Islamic militants plotted to shoot down a plane belonging to the Israeli airline El Al in August, Dutch television reported. The public television news program NOVA based its report, aired on Friday evening, on a prosecutor's dossier that it said had led to the arrest last month of seven people, aged 18 to 30, on suspicion of plotting attacks against Dutch politicians and government buildings....

2005-10-14 10:46:50

By Niclas Mika and Nicola Leske THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Dutch police arrested seven people in anti-terror raids on Friday on suspicion of plotting attacks against politicians and government buildings. The sound of shots or explosions was heard in The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government, during raids there but it was not clear what caused it or whether anyone was hurt. The national anti-terrorism coordinator, Tjibbe Joustra, said people suspected of "terrorist activities" were...

2005-10-14 07:02:45

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch police arrested several suspects in anti-terror raids on Friday, the country's national anti-terror coordinator said. The office of Tjibbe Joustra said in a statement that several people suspected of "terrorist activities" had been arrested and that a number of government officials and buildings were being given extra security. Dutch news agency ANP said that among seven people arrested was Samir Azzouz, who was acquitted in April of charges he planned...

2005-07-26 04:57:40

By Paul Gallagher and Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch court sentenced the self-confessed killer of a Dutch filmmaker critical of Islam to life in jail on Tuesday for a religiously motivated murder which whipped up racial tension in the Netherlands. Mohammed Bouyeri, an Amsterdam-born Muslim, was convicted of killing Theo van Gogh as he cycled to work in Amsterdam on Nov. 2, 2004. He was found guilty of shooting and stabbing Van Gogh, slashing his throat and pinning a note to...

2005-07-12 08:42:03

By Paul Gallagher AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch-Moroccan man confessed in court on Tuesday to murdering a filmmaker critical of Islam last year, breaking his silence over a killing that fanned religious and racial tension in the Netherlands. Mohammed Bouyeri was accused of killing Theo van Gogh as he cycled to work in Amsterdam on Nov. 2, 2004. He was charged with shooting and stabbing Van Gogh before slashing his throat and pinning a note to his body with a knife in broad daylight. Van...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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