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Fortuyn Killer Spared Life Term

The man who killed Dutch anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn has been jailed for 18 years. Prosecutors had asked for a life sentence for 33-year-old Volkert van der Graaf, who shot Fortuyn as he left a radio studio last year. But the court in Amsterdam ruled that Van der Graaf should receive the lighter 18-year sentence to give him the chance of rehabilitation. He could be freed by 2014. Van der Graaf said he killed Fortuyn – the then leader of the Pim Fortuyn List (LPF) – to protect Muslim immigrants and other “vulnerable” members of society. The shooting in Hilversum on 6 May, 2002, stunned the Netherlands – it was the country’s first political killing since World War II. Full Story

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