Global infamy motivated Breivik: psychiatrist

A desire to hit the front pages of the world’s newspaper served as a central driving force behind Anders Behring Breivik’s terrorist attacks, according to a psychiatrist called to testify at the confessed killer’s trial on Monday.

Global infamy motivated Breivik: psychiatrist
Psychiatrists Arnhild Flikke (left) and Agnar Aspaas enter the Oslo courtroom after lunch on Monday (Photo: Lise Åserud/Scanpix)

”He really wanted to be a major hero,” Arnhild Flikke told the Oslo district court.

”He wanted to do something in the post-World War II era that would be talked about, written about in newspapers all over the word, and that everybody knew about. And he succeeded in that,” said the psychiatrist when asked what she thought was the ”driving force” behind the July 22nd attacks.

Breivik has previously insisted that he carried out the dual attacks that left 77 people in order to save Norway from a ”Muslim invasion”.

On Monday, he fended off the observations of psychiatrists who met him every Friday for 21 weeks.

”The claim that I did this to get attention is completely wrong. After all, I had planned it to be a suicide mission. Regardless of how much attention I would have got after my death, it wouldn’t have mattered so much,” said Breivik.

”But I am glad Flikke doesn’t think I’m insane,” he added.

Arnhild Flikke, a member of the team that has interacted with Breivik at Ila prison, said that after each session she had drawn the conclusion that he was ”not psychotic”.  

She admitted she had found herself in a tricky position when two very experienced psychiatrists for whom she has a lot of respect, Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim, had reached the exact opposite conclusion.

”Yes, these are very smart people. Of course it made it difficult, she said. 

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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.