Theo Van Gogh, a controversial Dutch Film Director and free speech advocate had angered many of the Radical Islamist immigrants in the Netherlands by Criticizing immigration policies and supporting the Invasion of Iraq. His movie Submission, based on a script by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, was about violence against women in Islam and apparently was the last straw.
Mohammed Bouyeri, a Jihadi associted with Al Qaeda, assassinated Van Gogh in the early morning of Tuesday November 2, 2004, in Amsterdam, while he was bicycling to work. He shot him eight times with an HS 2000 handgun, and Van Gogh died on the spot. Bouyeri then cut van Gogh's throat, nearly decapitating him, and stabbed him in the chest. Two knives were left implanted in his torso, one attaching a five-page note to his body. The note (Text) threatened Western governments, Jews and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (who went into hiding). The note also contained references to the ideologies of the Egyptian organization Takfir wal-Hijra, a group associated with Al Qaeda.
The killer, Mohammed Bouyeri, a 26-year-old Dutch citizen, was apprehended by the police after being shot in the leg. Although born in Amsterdam, well-educated and apparently well-integrated, Bouyeri has alleged terrorist ties with the Dutch Hofstad Network. He was also charged with the attempted murder of a police officer and bystander, illegal possession of a firearm, and conspiring to assassinate others, including Hirsi Ali. He was convicted on July 26, 2005 and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.