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Suspected killer of Dutch right-wing leader Fortuyn confesses in court

A Dutch animal rights activist confessed to killing right-wing populist Pim Fortuyn on the first day of the long-awaited trial over a murder that shook the Netherlands to its core. “I acknowledge that I am responsible for the shooting and killing of Mr. Fortuyn,” 33-year-old Volkert van der Graaf told the court. Thursday was the first time Van der Graaf has been seen in public since his arrest leaving the scene of the crime last May. He was met with jeers from the public gallery when he entered the high security courtroom called “the bunker” in an Amsterdam suburb. “You destroyed the Netherlands, you took away a great leader,” one woman cried. The assassination of the iconoclastic, anti-immigrant Fortuyn stunned a nation that has seen no other political murder in its recent history. Full Story

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