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Breivik: ‘I know of at least ten who want to kill me’

Anders Behring Breivik has told his new psychiatrist that he has received two direct death threats and that he knows of at least ten people who would like to see him dead.

Breivik: 'I know of at least ten who want to kill me'
Photo: Heiko Junge/Scanpix (file)

 

"I have received two threats, and I know of at least ten who want to kill me," Breivik has told his new psychiatrists, Terje Tørrissen and Agnar Aspaas, according to the Dagbladet daily.

Other sources confirmed to Dagbladet that Breivik had actually received the claimed threats.

Breivik's defence team however are not aware of the details of the death threats.

"We assume that they have arrived by post. We expect that the prison has effective  controls in place, and that they presumably forward these matters on to the police," said Tord Jordet, one of Breivik's four-person strong defence team.

According to Dagbladet the police have however not opened an investigation against any specific individuals as a result of the threats.

The threats to Behring Breivik's life have however been taken seriously and a comprehensive security programme will be put in place when his trial begins on Monday, Breivik will also sit behind a bulletproof glass wall at the trial.

Anders Behring Breivik stands charged with committing acts of terror and voluntary homicide.

Elsewhere on Thursday, Breivik's defence team has been criticised for taking part in an "LA Law-style" photoshoot.

PR expert Hans Geelmuyden told Aftensposten that the pictures, snapped by news agency NTB Scanpix and depicting a polished defence team gathered around a sofa, could undermine the defence which is led by Geir Lippestad.

Lippestad has presented himself to the media in, at times, an exemplary manner. But here it seems that he has confused his roles. He is a publicly appointed defence lawyer and not a fashion model,” Geelmuyden said.

But despite being accused by Geelmuyden of participating in something akin to a "trailer from LA Law", Lippestad is unrepentant, saying that he leaves it up to the media to determine how to report.

“We have nothing to do with the pictures, just as we do not have any input on how the media present us,” he told Aftenposten.

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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.