Breivik verdict expected in July or August: court

An Oslo court said on Tuesday it expected to hand down its verdict in the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway last year, on July 20th or August 24th.

Breivik verdict expected in July or August: court
File photo: Heiko Junge/Scanpix

"It is not yet known on what date (the) judgment will be given, but it cannot be expected sooner than July 20th. Another possible date for the judgment is August 24th," the court said on its website.

Without excluding other dates, court spokesman Markus Iestra told AFP that the court was actively working to ensure that the verdict would fall on either July 20th or August 24th.

Until now, rumour in the court corridors had it that the verdict would fall on July 20th, two days before the one-year anniversary of Breivik's twin attacks.

Breivik's trial began on April 16th and is set to last until June 22nd.

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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.