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Judge dismissed over death penalty comment

One of five judges in the Breivik trial was removed Tuesday by the court following revelations he had called for the death penalty for the man who killed 77 people in Norway last July.

Judge dismissed over death penalty comment

After a 30-minute recess to reach a decision, chief judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen said lay judge Thomas Indrebø was unfit to continue because of comments he posted on a website the day after the attacks.

He is being replaced by one of two substitute judges, Anne Elisabeth Wisløff, already in court.

"The death penalty is the only fair outcome in this case!!!!" Indrebø wrote on a website the day after Anders Behring Breivik's July 22 twin attacks.

"Lay judge Indrebø used the Internet to say that (Breivik) should be sentenced to death," Arntzen noted, adding that this had "weakened confidence" in the court.

The case is being heard by two professional judges and three lay judges.

The death penalty does not exist in Norway.

Breivik risks either a 21-year jail term, which could then be extended indefinitely if he is still considered a threat to society, or closed psychiatric care, possibly for life.

The court immediately resumed proceedings with Breivik taking the stand to testify.

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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.