• Norway edition
 
Breivik lawyers to seek acquittal

Breivik lawyers to seek acquittal

Published: 13 Apr 2012 13:39 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Apr 2012 13:39 GMT+02:00

The defence team, led by Geir Lippestad, have confirmed that they are left with no choice but to follow their client's wishes and request an acquittal.

"He is going to invoke self-defence. We of course understand that it won't take us forward, but it is our duty to present his arguments," Lippestad told the Dagbladet daily.

"What we will do is pose questions that give him the opportunity to explain what he means," he added.

Geir Lippestad underlined that it is the job of the defence counsel to follow the requirements of a client, "especially when we can see that it doesn't put him in any worse position than he is already in".

During at least one of the meetings with Breivik in detention, the 33-year-old has demanded his immediate release.

Breivik has said that the terror attacks committed in Oslo and on Utøya island on July 22nd were conducted in a defence of Norwegian culture from what he believes to be devastating multiculturalism.

The trial against Anders Behring Breivik begins at Oslo District Court on Monday.

NTB/The Local (news@thelocal.no)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Oslo majority votes 'no' to beggar ban
Oslo is deciding whether to implement a ban on street begging. Photo: Shutterstock

Oslo majority votes 'no' to beggar ban

The majority of Oslo's local councils have voted on Tuesday against the proposed beggar ban in the city. READ  

'Norway should forgive Breivik': Desmond Tutu
Photo: Desmond Tutu Shutterstock

'Norway should forgive Breivik': Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a key figure in South Africa's post-apartheid reconciliation, urged Norwegians on Monday to forgive mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, the worst criminal in the nation's recent history. READ  

Norway's Cermaq bought by Mitsubishi for $1.4 bn
Cermaq and Mitsubishi Corporation will become the world's second largest salmon farming company. Photo: A salmon farm in a fjord in Norway Shutterstock

Norway's Cermaq bought by Mitsubishi for $1.4 bn

Norway's Cermaq recommended on Monday shareholders accept a $1.4 billion cash bid by Mitsubishi that would create the world's second largest salmon farming company. READ  

Over half of Norway's firms hacked in 2013

Over half of Norway's firms hacked in 2013

Over 50 percent of businesses in Norway were hacked last year, revealed a survey on Tuesday. READ  

Man dead in Norway pig farm explosion
The destroyed pig barn on Sygard Forr Farm, Frya. Photo: Kristin Veskje / NTB scanpix

Man dead in Norway pig farm explosion

A man was killed after an explosion in a barn on a pig farm in Oppland, South-East Norway on Monday. READ  

World CO2 emissions threaten warming goal

World CO2 emissions threaten warming goal

Emissions of greenhouse gases are rising so fast that within one generation the world will have used up its margin of safety for limiting global warming to 2°C (3.6°F), a team of international scientists, including Norway-based researchers, have warned on Sunday. READ  

Norway men set 24-hour travel world record
Norwegian globetrotters Gunnar Garfors, Tay-young Pak and Øyvind Djupvik. Photo: NTB scanpix

Norway men set 24-hour travel world record

Three Norwegian men set a new world record on Sunday for the most countries travelled to in a day. READ  

Foreign tax fraud gangs cost Norway millions
Norway faces a multi-million kroner deficit due to tax criminals. Photo: Shutterstock

Foreign tax fraud gangs cost Norway millions

Organized criminals from the Balkans are responsible for over half of the 1.1 billion kroner ($174 million) in lost tax and VAT revenue, the Norwegian government said on Monday. READ  

Flights from Norway to get cheaper in 2015
One of Norwegian's new Dreamliners arriving from New York at Stockholm Arlanda airport - Johan Nilsson / NTB Scanpix

Flights from Norway to get cheaper in 2015

Norway is set to buck the European trend of rising air prices with fares expected to drop next year according to a new report. READ  

Norway to trial football 'vanishing' spray
The foam spray helps football referees mark free-kicks to encourage fair play during games. Photo: Referee spraying vanishing spray Shutterstock

Norway to trial football 'vanishing' spray

The Football Association of Norway has announced on Friday the much talked about "vanishing" spray, used in the Brazil World Cup, will be in play during the Norwegian Championship semi-finals this month. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Norwegian man in 7,000 litre 'Ice Truck Challenge'
Society
Norwegian brewery pulls 'fart-smelling' beer
Sport
Ødegaard: Norway's youngest player ever
Features
Meet Norway's raining kings of fashion
National
Miracle cat survives 20 gunshots in Norway
National
Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
National
Norway and Sweden mark 200 years of peace
Culture
Interview: Helene Meldahl, selfie artist
Society
Now serving ... Norway's smallest bar
Travel
Floating Northern Lights hotel planned in Norway
National
Circus camel escapes again
National
Swiss bus driver charged with careless driving in fatal Norway crash
Society
Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Norway
National
Norway lifts Segway ban
Culture
GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway
Society
Høie promises to reform sex change law
Education
Norway fjord invaded by monster jellyfish
Culture
VIDEO: Norwegian anti-Facebook film goes viral
Culture
Norway pop duo hits number 4 on US charts
Sport
Norway fan wins big on Suarez bite bet
National
Solberg 'most chatty' leader on Twitter
Culture
British Airways takes 'Slow TV' to the skies
International
Top Norway lawyers back Snowden Nobel
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

340
jobs available