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June 24, 2012

Norway killer Breivik of \’sound mind\’, argue defence team

Norway killer Breivik of ‘sound mind’, argue defence team

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The defence team for Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed 77 people last year, have argued he was sane at the time of the attack. The hearing Friday concluded the trial for last July’s bomb and gun attacks; Breivik admits carrying out the killings, but denies criminal responsibility.

A special courtroom has been built for the trial.
Image: Ulflarsen.

The outcome of the trial rests on whether Breivik was sane when on July 22 last year he detonated a car bomb near government buildings in Oslo before shooting dead 69 and injuring a further 242 on the island of Utøya. He has been the subject of two court-appointed psychiatric assessments; the first concluded he was psychotic, but the second found him sane. Prosecutor Svein Holden said Thursday that the differing reports left room for doubt and requested that the court see Breivik “transferred to compulsory psychiatric care”.

Breivik defends his attacks as necessary, claiming self-defence in a campaign against “Islamisation” of Norway. The defence team portray Breivik’s earlier life as ordinary and mundane, with no evidence of insanity. They argue his extremist views, and choice of targets, show political motive.

Breivik also addressed the court Friday. While he testified, the families of victims protested by walking out of the court.

The court is to conclude whether his actions were an act of political terrorism or of insanity, with a final ruling on August 24.



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July 24, 2011

Norway gunman defends actions as \’gruesome but necessary\’

Norway gunman defends actions as ‘gruesome but necessary’

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Breivik’s Facebook profile picture.
Image: Anders Behring Breivik.

Further details on the motives of the man behind the attacks that killed over 92 people in Utøya and Oslo, Norway have been released. Geir Lippestad, the lawyer for the arrested gunman Anders Behring Breivik, said that Breivik considered his actions necessary:

“He thought it was gruesome having to commit these acts, but in his head they were necessary.” Lippestad also noted that Breivik had planned the attacks “for some while” before pursuing them.

These statements may confirm reports that the act had an extremist political motive. Documents and videos circulating on the Internet indicated that Breivik was politically opposed to multiculturalism and what he describes as “cultural Marxists”.

Breivik has been charged with terrorism and is due to appear in court on Monday.



 
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July 23, 2011

At least 85 dead in shooting at Norwegian youth camp

At least 85 dead in shooting at Norwegian youth camp

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A gunman, identified by Norwegian media as Anders Behring Breivik, has shot and killed at least 85 people at a youth camp on the island of Utøya in Norway. The 32-year-old man has been charged with both this attack and an explosion in the capital city of Oslo, which killed at least seven people. Police searched Breivik’s apartment in Oslo overnight and have been interrogating him.

Breivik is reported to have arrived at the camp dressed as a police officer, telling children to gather around him for protection before systematically shooting them. It is not yet known whether he acted alone; police say there are no concrete reports of a second gunman, but this cannot be ruled out.

The camp was organised by the Workers’ Youth League (AUF), which is affiliated with the Norwegian Labour Party. A number of sources, both inside and outside of Norway, are speculating that an opposition to the Labour Party’s immigration policies, especially regarding Muslims, was Breivik’s motivation for the attacks.

Islam is the second largest religion in Norway, after Christianity, and Breivik’s comments on the political website Document.no, where he posted using his real name between September 2009 and October 2010, expressed anti-Islamic sentiments. He described the religion as a “hate ideology”((no)) and compared it to Nazism. His Twitter account was used to post only a single comment, quoting social liberal philosopher John Stuart Mill: “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100 000 who have only interests”.

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Jens Stoltenberg, regarding Utøya

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who described the island as “a youth paradise turned into a hell”, reports that a number of children have not yet been located. He, and the families of some of the children killed, met with King Harald V of Norway, his wife Queen Sonja, and their son Crown Prince Haakon, and was said to have been “deeply touched” by the meetings.

He also said that it is “too early to speculate” about the shootings, and that the police should be allowed to continue with their investigations before people “jump to any conclusions”.

Breivik, who ran a farm, reportedly recently purchased six tonnes of fertiliser, which is speculated to have been involved in the making of the Oslo bomb.

The island of Utøya is closed to the public, and an official at the British embassy in Oslo does not recommend travel to the immediate area of central Oslo where the bomb was detonated. However, she is not discouraging travel to Norway, nor to Oslo.

 
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