Norway killer: It was necessary

2011-12-12 14:25

Oslo - Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in twin attacks in July, still shows no sign of remorse, his lawyer said on Monday.

"He says he does not regret these actions. That is of course a message that is difficult to convey, but he is very clear on this point... He believes it was necessary," Geir Lippestad told the TV2 News Channel.

"He thinks his actions were atrocious but necessary," the lawyer said, reiterating phrasing used several times to describe his client's deeds.

Now in custody at the high-security Ila prison near Oslo, Behring Breivik, 32, is scheduled to go on trial on April 16.

Monday, for the first time since his arrest on July 22, he was permitted access to the media, in accordance with an Oslo court ruling.

A psychiatric evaluation of the confessed killer concluded late last month that he suffered from "paranoid schizophrenia".

If confirmed by a panel of experts and the Oslo court, that conclusion will most likely mean Behring Breivik cannot go to prison but instead will be sent to a closed psychiatric institution for treatment.

According to the prosecutor in the case, the right-wing extremist was "offended" by the conclusions of the psychiatric evaluation, which have also met criticism in the Scandinavian country.

On July 22, Behring Breivik, who claimed to be on a crusade against multi-culturalism and the "Muslim invasion" of Europe, first set off a car bomb outside government buildings in Oslo, killing eight people.

After that, he went to the island of Utoeya, some 40km northwest of Oslo, where, disguised as a police officer, he spent nearly an hour and a half methodically shooting and killing another 69 people attending a summer camp, most of them teenagers.

While acknowledging the facts, Behring Breivik has refused to plead guilty.

  • Bradley - 2011-12-12 14:41

    Funny, this story or incident reminds me of Skyrim, except no dragons or dragon shouts..

  • Eugene - 2011-12-12 14:49

    He wasnt a right wing!!! he was a left wing, what false reporting! He killed the people because they had an ANTI-ISRAEL campaign a week before the massacre. Thats why he killed them. Right wing people dont kill their own kind...Duh! They are called right wing because they are normally classified as "racists"...Why not give the public the full story!!!!!!

      Merven - 2011-12-12 15:21

      It is like this 'right wingers' that were caught, planning to bomb the NG churches and burning 'white' tents. I still try to figure out how they can be right wing while they target their own people. Reporters should be jailed for false reporting.

      Paul - 2011-12-12 16:26

      Two stereotypes trying to justify why their 'right winger' is a 'left winger'. Left wingers are normally connected to either socialism or communism.

  • Jerzy - 2011-12-12 16:02

    Let me tell you what he really is. He is,and remains a Christian fundamentalist terrorist who killed in the name of religion. His victims were carefully chosen and identified by this "crusader" to be sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. This Christian terrorist, like many here, feel that that the occupation of Palestine should continue as ordained by God. He went one step further and decided to kill these youths in order to keep Europe safe from Muslims and their sympathizers. I'm sure all of Europe feels much safer now, knowing that there are Breivick's out there willing to risk their lives to protect their freedom.

      CapeChappy - 2011-12-21 19:34

      The difference though, is that most Christians condemn his actions. There is zero excuse for killing and killing in the name of religion is a total perversion of all religious teachings.

  • Jerolan - 2011-12-12 16:26

    what he really is, is a sick twisted idiot who should be given the electric chair. nothing more, nothing less. There is no time to be wasted by putting him in an institution.

      CapeChappy - 2011-12-21 19:30

      I say give the parents of those slain children 15 minutes alone with him.

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