Oslo Massacre Suspect Back In Court
August 19, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
OSLO, Norway, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Terms of detention came under court scrutiny in Oslo, Norway, Friday in a hearing for accused mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, court officials said.
Police asked that the hearing Friday be closed to prevent Breivik from communicating with potential accomplices, even though investigators said they believe he acted alone July 22 in a bombing-shooting attack on Norway’s capital in which 77 people died, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Police said they want to extend the terms of his detention allowing them to keep Breivik in isolation. The four-week term of his confinement expires Monday.
Breivik confessed to detonating a bomb in downtown Oslo, killing eight people, and to the shooting spree on Utoya Island, gunning down 69 people attending a party youth summer camp. A trial has not been scheduled.
Also Friday, survivors and relatives of victims were expected to meet on Utoya Island to mourn the victims and learn from police about how and where they were killed, Sky News said.
Police and psychiatrists also will attend to provide support for the hundreds of people expected to pay their last respects on Utoya.
Emilie Bersaas, 19, who escaped uninjured, told Sky News her memories of what happened remain vivid.
“I have my feelings and sometimes it gets tough [to deal with my] feelings,” she said.
She said she isn’t seeking revenge for the people Breivik killed, but wants justice.
“I am not spending time thinking about him,” Bersaas said. “OK, mostly I don’t want to because I don’t think he deserves my thoughts.”
Police Thursday released transcripts of two telephone calls Breivik made to police while he was shooting on Utoya Island.
In the first call transcript, the killer said he was a “commander” from the “Norwegian anti-communist resistance movement” and expressed his wish to “surrender” before the conversation is interrupted.
In the second one, Breivik told officials he wanted to surrender since he “completed his operation.”
Norwegian police have been criticized for their response to the shooting, with some saying the response may have been too slow.