Breivik claims collaboration with two cells
Published on 25 July 2011 - 9:19pm
The Oslo court has questioned Anders Breivik behind closed doors for half an hour. During the hearing, the suspect said there were ‘two more cells in his organisation’. It is not clear whether he meant to say that he had accomplices.
Breivik told the judge that he was responsible for the shooting on Utøya island and the bomb attack on government buildings in Oslo. However, he did not plead guilty because he believed his actions were necessary to save Norway and Western Europe as a whole from being taken over by Muslims. Breivik said he wanted to create the greatest loss possible to Norway's governing Labour Party, which he accused of being responsible for the large number of Muslim immigrants.
The judge charged Breivik with the destabilisation of vital functions of society, including government, and causing serious fear in the population. The suspect was remanded in custody for eight weeks, the first four of which to be spent in full isolation.
In Norway, the maximum prison sentence for acts of terror is 21 years, but those who are perceived as posing a continued danger to society can be detained longer.
The court hearing took place behind closed doors to deny Anders Breivik a platform for spreading his extremist right-wing ideology, which focused on the Marxist and Muslim colonisation of Europe.
Dutch national intelligence service
In his manifesto, which he published on the internet, Breivik claims to be a member of a big European network of revolutionary activists, the PCCTS, Knights Templar Europe. The name refers to an order of Mediaeval knights who took part in the crusades.
The Dutch national intelligence service AIVD refused to comment on whether the organisation is known in the Netherlands. The AIVD did say that – in as far as possible, it is assisting the Norwegian police in its investigation.
The Norwegian authorities have adjusted the death toll in Friday’s double terror attack downward from 93 to 76. Sixty-eight people were killed on Utøya island instead of 86 as initially assumed. The bomb attack in Oslo claimed the lives of eight people instead of seven.
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