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Van Gogh's killer unrepentent

July 12, 2005 at 10:32 PM

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, July 12 (UPI) -- The man who has admitted killing Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh said he would do it again if he had another chance.

"If I was given the opportunity to do it again, I would do precisely the same," the man identified only as Mohammed B. told a three-judge panel in Amsterdam.

The news agency Expatica Tuesday said the court is expected to deliver its verdict July 26 and may hand down a sentence the same day. The prosecutor asked for life imprisonment.

The defendant also addressed van Gogh's mother.

" I don't feel your pain," he said. "I can't. I don't know what it is like to lose a child that is brought into the world with so much pain and tears."

Van Gogh, a descendent of Theo van Gogh, brother of the artist Vincent van Gogh, was shot dead in Amsterdam in November. The killer left a note pinned to the body that threatened the life of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a member of the Dutch parliament who had worked with van Gogh on a film about women and Islam.

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