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'I shot Fortuyn for Dutch Muslims,' says accused

The long-awaited trial of Pim Fortuyn’s alleged killer got under way in the Netherlands yesterday with a stark admission from the main defendant that he had assassinated the anti-immigration politician as a favour to the country’s Muslim minority and other vulnerable sections of society. Fortuyn, a flamboyant, openly gay politician who called Islam “backward” and favoured zero immigration, was shot dead last May, plunging the Netherlands into political crisis. Tipped to become the country’s next prime minister, Fortuyn’s death galvanised support for his fledgling political movement and prompted politicians from across the spectrum to support an unprecedented immigration clampdown. Volkert van der Graaf, a 34-year-old animal rights activist, was arrested within minutes of the killing. A pistol was found on him and his clothes were splattered with Fortuyn’s blood; a subsequent search of his home uncovered bullets matching those at the crime scene. Full Story

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