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Key Breivik document stolen from police HQ

An ultra-sensitive document containing a transcript of a police questioning of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik was stolen just weeks after he mounted his attacks, Norway's Dagsavisen newspaper has reported.

Key Breivik document stolen from police HQ
Breivik's defence lawyer Geir Lippestad. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/Scanpix
The theft, which allegedly took place at the Oslo police headquarters during the night of August 23, was immediately reported, but was never revealed to Breivik's lawyers or others in the case. 
 
Breivik's defence lawyer Geir Lippestad said that he had never learned of the theft. 
 
"This is new to us," he said. "We are strongly opposed to any secrecy and would have expected that we, as defenders, would have been informed if a 42-page interrogation of our client had been stolen," he told the newspaper. 
 
According to the newspaper, the stolen document was a 42-page transcript of an interrogation of Breivik which took place on   August 9 and August 10. 
 
In the interview, among other things, Breivik explained how he had planned to decapitate Norway's former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland with a bayonet, recording the event on a digital camera and posting it on the internet. 

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Norwegian police end emergency carrying of arms

The temporary arming of all police in Norway, ordered after an attack in Kongsberg left five dead, ended on Friday morning. 

Police in Norway will no longer be armed after the temporary order was dropped. Pictured is a police van in Oslo.
Police in Norway will no longer be armed after the temporary order was dropped. Pictured is a police van in Oslo. Photo by David Hall on Flickr.

The order for all police in Norway to be armed following an attack in Kongsberg last week was lifted on Friday morning. 

The police said in a statement Friday that, based on the information it had received from police security service PST, there was no longer any basis for maintaining the national armament order. 

“Norwegian police are basically unarmed in daily service, with firearms being stored in police vehicles, and police can be armed in connection with specific missions when needed. In that sense, we are now moving to a normal situation,” Tone Vangen, emergency preparedness director for the police, said in a statement

The police had been armed since last Wednesday following the incident in Kongsberg where Danish citizen Espen Andersen Bråthen killed five with an undisclosed sharp object and shot at police with a bow and arrow.

During police questioning, Bråthen confessed to the killings and to wounding three others. 

Police said earlier this week that the victims were chosen at random. The Danish citizen was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, which is necessary to determine whether Bråthen can be held legally responsible for his actions.

The 37-year-old had previously announced publicly that he had converted to Islam and police initially reported that there had been fears of radicalisation. 

But police later said that mental illness was to be considered the primary motive for the attack. 

 “As far as motive is concerned, illness remains the main hypothesis. And as far as conversion to Islam is concerned, this hypothesis is weakened,” police inspector Per Thomas Omholt said to reporters earlier this week. 

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