Oslo police monitor anti-Islam meetings: report

Police investigators have for years been participating in meetings of far-right and anti-immigrant groups and individuals, including Anders Behring Breivik, in order assess the potential for violent attacks, according to a media report.

The meetings brought together groups opposed to immigration and Islam and were organized by the website, according to a report in the Aftenposten daily.  The meetings discussed subjects ranging from immigration to ecology, according to the newspaper.

"A throwback to the days when police would monitor the left," said editor Hans Rustad to the newspaper in response to the report.

Convicted terrorist Anders Behring Breivik is reported to have attended several meetings organized by and according to the police survey he was assessed as "moderate and relatively centrist within the community". 

The community was assessed by the police to have a "low potential for immediate violence".

The police have however rejected the claim that they monitored the meetings. In an email to Aftenposten spokesperson Roar Hansen explained that police were only in attendance to ensure against outbreaks of violence.

Hansen also underlined that the police were not present at any of the meetings until after the arrest of Anders Behring Breivik. Breivik is reported to have attended a meeting on December 10th 2009, the same day US president Barack Obama visited Oslo.

This information however appears inconsistent with the 22 July Commission into the Oslo bombing and shootings on Utøya Island carried out by Breivik and which left 77 people dead and 242 wounded.

The report clearly stated that "Breivik kept a relatively modest profile in meetings arranged by At one of these meetings investigators from Oslo police were present to identify communities".

"'At one of these meetings' does not necessarily mean one of the meetings that Breivik attended, but one of the meetings organized by We were not at any meetings that Breivik was at," Hansen wrote.

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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.