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French police question Breivik’s father

The father of right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik has spent 13 hours being questioned by French and Norwegian police near his home in southern France.

French police question Breivik's father
Photo: abcnyheter.no/Politiet

 

"It was a long interrogation of about 13 hours, which was headed by French police, but during which we were able to ask some follow-up questions," investigator Christian Hatlo told AFP.
 
Last month, Norwegian police said they had requested judicial assistance from their French colleagues to be able to question Jens Breivik, a retired diplomat in his 70s living in Cournanel, a village in southern France.
 
French prosecutors agreed and the interrogation was held on Wednesday in Carcassonne, with an interpreter present.
 
"He answered mainly questions related to the defendant's childhood and their relationship," Hatlo said.
 
Following the separation of his parents shortly after his birth, Behring Breivik grew up living with his mother and half-sister, who have both already been questioned by police.
 
Today aged 33, the extremist has said he was a teenager when he last saw his father, who he said cut off contact with him after the son was caught doing graffiti.
 
When contacted by AFP, Jens Breivik refused to comment on the case.
 
In an interview with commercial broadcaster TV2 three days after the twin attacks, he said: "I think that, ultimately, he should have taken his own life rather than kill so many people."
 
On Wednesday, Behring Breivik was formally indicted on charges he committed "acts of terror" when he on July 22 set off a car bomb outside government buildings in Oslo, killing eight people, before going on a shooting rampage on Utøya island, killing another 69 people, mainly teenagers at a summer camp hosted by the ruling Labour Party's youth wing.
 
Norwegian prosecutors have said that they for the time being intend to request that the perpetrator of the worst massacre on Norwegian soil since World War II be sentenced to confinement in a psychiatric institution instead of prison, after a first team of experts concluded he was criminally insane.
 
But prosecutors reserved the right to alter that view and opt for prison if new elements emerge about his mental health by the end of the trial.
 
A second psychiatric evaluation is underway, and should be completed on April 10th, shortly before Behring Breivik's trial begins on April 16th.
 
In the end it will be up to the trial judges to determine if he should be considered criminally insane or not.

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Norway mosque shooter ‘has admitted the facts’: Police

A Norwegian man suspected of killing his step sister and opening fire in a mosque near Oslo last weekend, has admitted to the crimes though he has not officially entered a plea, police said on Friday.

Norway mosque shooter 'has admitted the facts': Police
Philip Manshaus appears in court on August 12. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Philip Manshaus, 21, was remanded in custody Monday, suspected of murder and a “terrorist act” that police say he filmed himself committing.
   
Answering police questions on Friday, “the suspect admits the facts but has not taken a formal position as to the charges,” Oslo police official Pal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby said in a statement.
   
Manshaus is suspected of murdering his 17-year-old step sister Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, before entering the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb and opening fire before he was overpowered by a 65-year-old man.
   
Just three worshippers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious injuries.
   
Manshaus appeared in court this week with two black eyes and scrapes and bruises to his face, neck and hands.
   
Police have said he has “extreme right views” and “xenophobic positions” and that he had filmed the mosque attack with a camera mounted on a helmet. He had initially denied the accusations.
   
The incident came amid a rise in white supremacy attacks around the world, including the recent El Paso massacre in the United States.
   
Norway witnessed one of the worst-ever attacks by a rightwing extremist in July 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik, who said he feared a “Muslim invasion”, killed 77 people in a truck bomb blast near government offices in Oslo and a shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utøya.