Breivik judge caught playing cards during trial

A judge in the trial of confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was caught on camera on Monday morning playing cards on his computer while a witness provided details about the defendant’s anti-Islamic ideology.

As Swedish religious historian Mattias Gardell addressed the Oslo district court, broadcaster NRK’s cameras honed in on lay judge Ernst Henning Eielsen as he played the card game FreeCell on his laptop computer, newspaper VG reports.  

With so many cameras in the courtroom, Eielsen might have expected at least a reprimand for failing to keep his cards closer to his chest. Instead, the court’s first reaction was to lash out at the national broadcaster.

“One of the conditions for broadcasting is that there should be no filming of the judges’ desk. There are notes and documents of a sensitive nature lying there,” said court spokeswoman Irene Ramm.

NRK responded that it was careful never to broadcast any footage that could compromise the court’s activities.

In the video snippet, Eielsen appeared to relax with a game of cards some ten minutes before the court took a break for lunch.

Initial feedback from the court seemed to suggest that his online activity would be treated with patience.

“The judges follow carefully everything that is presented in the courtroom. There are a number of ways to stay focused,” said Irene Ramm.

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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.