A court in Oslo 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 claims to believe 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 for Norway's governing Labour Party, which he accused of being responsible for the 'large number' of Muslim immigrants in the country.
The judge charged Breivik with the destabilisation of vital functions of society, including government, and causing serious fear in the population. The accused 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 may be detained for longer terms.
The court hearing took place behind closed doors to deny Anders Breivik a platform to spread his extremist right-wing ideology, which focuses on the alleged Marxist and Muslim 'colonisation' of Europe.
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In his manifesto, which he published on the internet, Breivik claims to be a member of a larger European network of revolutionary activists, the PCCTS, or 'Knights Templar Europe'. The name refers to an religious order of mediaeval knights who took part in the crusades.
The Dutch national intelligence service AIVD has refused to comment on whether this organisation is known in the Netherlands. The AIVD did say that it is assisting the Norwegian police with their investigation.
The Norwegian authorities have adjusted the death toll in Friday’s double terror attack down from 93 to 76. Sixty-eight people were killed on Utøya island and not 86 as initially announced by the authorities. The bomb attack in Oslo is now known to have claimed the lives of eight people.
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