Norway killer reconstructs shootings

2011-08-15 09:08

Oslo - The chilling images of Anders Behring Breivik simulating shots into the water at the island where he killed 69 people at a youth camp were broadcast around the world on Sunday after police brought him back there.

Restrained by a harness, the Norwegian reconstructed his actions for police in a secret daylong trip back to the crime scene at Utoya Island near Oslo.

A prosecutor also confirmed Norwegian media reports that police received several phone calls during the attack that were probably from Breivik himself, but wouldn't say how police had reacted to the calls.

According to Norwegian daily Aftenposten, Breivik offered to surrender several times and asked police to call him back, but they didn't.

Police said they took Breivik back to Utoya for a Saturday hearing about the attacks on July 22, when Breivik shot the victims at the lake island after killing another eight people in the capital with a bomb.

Breivik's lawyer has said he has confessed to the terror attacks, but denies criminal guilt because he believes the massacre was necessary to save Norway and Europe from Muslims and punish politicians who have embraced multiculturalism.

Hearing filmed

The 32-year-old Breivik described the shootings in close detail during an eight-hour tour on the island with up to a dozen police, prosecutor Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby told a news conference in Oslo.

The hearing took place amid a massive security operation that aimed to avoid escape attempts by Breivik and protect him against potential avengers. Breivik walked roughly the same route as the one he took during the shooting spree and explained what happened with as little interference as possible from police, Hjort Kraby said.

The entire hearing was filmed by police and may later be used in court, he added.

Video images of the reconstruction published by Norwegian daily VG show Breivik arriving at Utoya with the same ferry he used to get to the island last month. Breivik wore a bulletproof vest and a harness connected to a leash over a red T-shirt and jeans as he casually led police around the island.

Breivik is seen pointing out locations along the way and simulating shots into the water, where panicked teenagers dove in to try to escape from him.

"The suspect showed he wasn't emotionally unaffected by being back at Utoya ... but didn't show any remorse," Hjort Kraby told reporters. "He has been questioned for around 50 hours about this, and he has always been calm, detailed and collaborative, and that was also the case on Utoya."

Massacre may have been filmed

The hearing was arranged to avoid the need for a reconstruction in the midst of the trial and to make Breivik remember more details, Hjort Kraby said.

Norwegian media have also reported that Breivik may have filmed parts of the massacre himself. Hjort Kraby said on Sunday that a video camera had been discussed during the hearing on Utoya, but declined to elaborate.

Prosecutors have previously told The Associated Press that Breivik owns a video camera that they are still trying to locate, but have dismissed reports they received witness statements about Breivik filming on Utoya.

Initial speculation suggested others were involved in the terror attacks, but prosecutors and police have said they are fairly certain that Breivik planned and committed them on his own.

Breivik faces up to 21 years in prison if he is convicted on terrorism charges, but an alternative custody arrangement - if he is still considered a danger to the public - could keep him behind bars indefinitely.

  • Grant - 2011-08-15 09:28

    WHY??? Why allow this fruitcake to even TELL his story? Why allow him back to "show off" what he did? There is already enough evidence for conviction, and there are no "missing bodies". He should never have been allowed to see the sky again!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-15 11:00

      My thoughts exactly. He did it, he admitted it, everyone knows what happened, so why the need to reconstruct it?

  • Jana - 2011-08-15 10:15

    I won't really call these images/video "chilling" though...

  • Rory - 2011-08-15 10:19

    As wrong as it may seem, this guy has a valid point at the end of the day. This multiculturism he speaks of spreading through the western world will be the end of the free world as we know it as the western world bows to the ever increasing demands placed on it by the islamic community and their sick ilk. The blood of these people is on the liberal western leaders and their open-arms foreign policies for wanting to please everybody else whilst all the time whittling away their own national heritage and the true bloodlines of their forefathers. One cannot condone the massacre, but I can fully understand it and see where this chaps frustration and anger comes from.

      Naledi - 2011-08-15 10:42

      he is a psycho, multiculturism is not a new concept it has been happennig since beginning of time and no Rory he does not have point at all, especially seeing that he killed young people, what a coward.Do you see reason when people in S.A commit crime because they are poor, should we understand them or laud them. the man is sick finish and klaar

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-15 10:59

      I hate to point this out, but "pure" Europeans were "multicultural" to start with. Being British :-) the "traditionally rich" come from Normans (French), the "majority" of English come from Anglo Saxons (Germans); as a Yorkshireman (North-England) I can add Danish/Norse to that; go to the North or East and people come from Celts. So that's French, German, Scandinavian and Celt, all calling themselves British today and "affectionately hating" the French and Germans... then in Mainland Europe you see mingling of cultures with Germans, Saxons, Franks, Fresians, Galls, Romans, Huns throughout the centuries...

      Rory - 2011-08-15 11:02

      You push a person far enough and they will snap. Some respond with tears and emotional outbursts, some go on a killing spree. The arab countries do not condone or promote western culture within their own borders, yet the western world must tolerate mosques, prayers 5 times a day, interruptions of school lessons, and the list goes on and on. Westerners must just tolerate other cultures "invading" our culture and countries, and hand over out rights to these emigrants and this guy decided to make a point of this. Yes, it isn't right, but I say again, I can see where this guys anger stems from. The vikings/aryan races have such a long proud and bloody past, and he sees all of this heritage being watered down and handed out to ungrateful non-aryan races and he took a stand.

  • Jana - 2011-08-15 11:11

    I won't really call these images/video "chilling" though...

  • DABOSS247365 - 2011-08-15 11:11

    As brutal & senseless as these murders were, we are missing a fundemental underlying issue here. There is a major reason they keep this guy off the TV screens, & out of public view. Something is badly wrong in the western society & the powers that be are aware of it, & they know, that this guy, & those like him, actually have a growing support base. What caused it? the exact same issue that causes xenophobia right here in RSA. Governments allow foreigners in, & grant them equal rights. you no have those who built the nation to what it is, competing for space & resources with an influx of new people that contributed little or nothing yet demand equal reward... Add to this the advent of crime, the sudden addition of "their traditions" etc, & it becomes frustrating. If the western world had not moved so far to the left, Then these right wing extremists would never have reason to exist.... I strongly think that as much as many claim the western world is the pinacle of law, order, freedom & democracy, although their principles may seem appealing on paper when dealing with a perfect, disciplined, moral society, it all falls apart in practice, as is clear with the youth behaviour recently seen in the streets of england.

      Rory - 2011-08-15 11:54

      True true. Well said.

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