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Breivik lawyer to head left-wing think tank

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Breivik lawyer to head left-wing think tank
Geir Lippestad - Håkon Mosvold Larsen/Scanpix
13:52 CET+01:00
The lawyer who represented the Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik in his trial in 2011 has been appointed to head a new left-leaning think tank in Norway.
Geir Lippestad, one of the country's most prominent defence lawyers, has been appointed chairman of Agenda, which is being launched to act as a left-wing counterpart to Civita, an influential right-wing policy institute. 
 
"It is clear that if you choose a person like me, you want a chairman who will participate in the debates," Lippestad told NRK. "Therefore, I am going to put a lot of time into it."
 
He told Dagsavisen that Agenda aimed “to shape ideas that are more free and bold than what can be created within a political party.”
 
“We will also build a network with other think tanks and political circles with a left-centre value system out in the world,” he added. 
 
Lippestad's first task is to appoint a managing director for the organization. 
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