A Dutch court has sentenced a 27-year-old radical Muslim to life imprisonment after he confessed to the murder of film-maker Theo Van Gogh
. Van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of the brother of artist legend Vincent Van Gogh
, was fatally stabbed and shot in Amsterdam last November. Mohammed Bouyeri felt compelled to kill Van Gogh after he was angered by the director's unflattering portrayal of Islam in his August 2004 film Submission
. In his defense, Bouyeri said he had acted out of religious conviction, saying "the (Islamic) law compels me to chop off the head of anyone who insults Allah and the prophet". The Amsterdam court ruled Bouyeri - who hold joint Moroccan and Dutch nationality - had shown "a complete disregard for human life" and condemned the murder as a terrorist act. Van Gogh's 14-year-old son broke down in court during vivid descriptions of his father's murder and was comforted by his mother. Bouyeri was also convicted of attempting to murder several police officers and illegal possession of firearms.