Judge removed from Breivik trial

2012-04-17 10:49

Oslo - One of five judges in the Breivik trial was removed on Tuesday by the court following revelations he had called for the death penalty for the man who killed 77 people in Norway last July.

After a 30-minute recess to reach a decision, chief judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen said lay judge Thomas Indreboe was unfit to continue because of comments he posted on a website the day after the attacks.

He is being replaced by one of two substitute judges, Anne Elisabeth Wisloeff, already in court.

"The death penalty is the only fair outcome in this case!!!!" Indreboe wrote on a website the day after Anders Behring Breivik's July 22 twin attacks.

"Lay judge Indreboe used the Internet to say that (Breivik) should be sentenced to death," Arntzen noted, adding that this had "weakened confidence" in the court.

The case is being heard by two professional judges and three lay judges.
The death penalty does not exist in Norway.

Breivik risks either a 21-year jail term, which could then be extended indefinitely if he is still considered a threat to society, or closed psychiatric care, possibly for life.

The court immediately resumed proceedings with Breivik taking the stand to testify.

  • Felix - 2012-04-17 11:03

    Killing innocent people is never the right way to get your message across. If you feel so strongly about it set yourself on fire like a Tibetan Monk, now that's real selfless protest.

  • tyronlouw - 2012-04-17 11:07

    "Breivik risks either a 21-year jail term" - SORRY WHAT NOW?????? 21 Years? They are taking the piss over there.

      Deon - 2012-04-17 11:11

      21 year's per person would be best.

      Sharon - 2012-04-17 11:32

      The only suitable punishment is death. There is just no other reasoning. He does not have the right to live.

  • Mashudu - 2012-04-17 11:20

    I agree with the Judge, Death penalty is the only fair outcome. Breivik killed many innocent people.

      dylanswanie - 2012-04-17 11:25

      it would be more fair if we could kill him 77 times.

      Jonathan - 2012-04-17 11:56

      @Sharon fortunately you don't have the right to make that choice. @Mashudu and darktruth I prefer to live in a society that doesn't promote violence in response to violence as that only encourages and condones violence. Your philosophy "do as I say not as I do" is hypocritical and will never be taken seriously

  • hendrik.fleming - 2012-04-17 11:37

    There is no death penalty over here. The 21 years can be extended indefinitely if he is deemed a danger to society.

  • Elize - 2012-04-17 12:01

    I listened to him talking yesterday saying that he admits killing those people but pleads not guilty as he acted in self defence. Self defence?? he killed 76 unarmed people how the hell can that be self defence. If one of those children that he killed I would most certainly find a way of showing him what self defence means. I say kill the bastard!!

      Merven - 2012-04-17 14:47

      'he admits killing those people but pleads not guilty as he acted in self defence.' He sounds like a farm killer.

  • damonsb - 2012-04-17 12:35

    how can anyone kill and sleep at night,let alone 77 people and stand tall and say "I`ll do it again".No Love ,just hate.Hate hate hate and they get no-where.Pointless ,just another sign taht tells me that we don`t have long on this earth. The end is near.

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