The trial is centered on Mohammed Bouyeri, who was sentenced to life in prison in July for the killing, but includes the others who were arrested in raids following the slaying, which led to retaliatory attacks on mosques in the Netherlands.
Bouyeri has said he will not leave his jail cell and go to the court for the preliminary stages but judges have the power to compel his attendance. As he is already serving life imprisonment, he cannot receive an additional sentence, Expatica reported.
Most of the suspects are of Moroccan background and live in Amsterdam, and range in age from 18 to 28.
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