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Breivik lawyers exposed to death threats

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16:47 CEST+02:00
Vibeke Hein Bæra, a lawyer for Anders Behring Breivik, has revealed that she received a number of death threats for representing the convicted mass killer.

Bæra’s experiences echo those of another of Breivik’s lawyers, Geir Lippestad, who has also been subjected to hundreds of threats, broadcaster NRK reports.

Bæra said she learned at one point from friends of her children that there was a price on her head.

“It created fear for my children and felt really horrible,” she told NRK.

The lawyer said she had been threatened face to face, via text messages and on the telephone.

“It’s most honest and fair when people can say what they think face to face. A few times I’ve also had cause to explain the job I do,” she said, adding that most people she encountered understood that even the right-wing extremist who killed 77 people last July had a right to a fair trial.

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Bæra said she had taken a number of steps to deal with the threats in cooperation with the police but would not say what these measures entailed.

“This was taken very seriously by the police and I have felt secure all along in the way the police have handled our safety,” she said.

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