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‘Insane’ Breivik took drugs before massacre says lawyer

Independent.ie reporters

Published 26/07/2011 | 13:26

Anders Breivik
Anders Breivik

Massacre gunman Anders Breivik took drugs to be "strong, efficient and awake" before launching his Oslo bomb attack and island shooting rampage, his lawyer revealed today.

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Geir Lippestrad said Breivik (32) is insane and appears to have no idea of the worldwide revulsion at his acts.

He was speaking after talking in jail to Breivik who told him he thought his 'operation' was going to plan.

'This whole case indicated that he is insane,' Mr Lippestad said, adding that it was too early to say if he would plead insanity.

Mr Lippestad added that Mr Breivik said that he is part of an anti-Islam network that has two groups in Norway and several more abroad. Norwegian police and researchers have cast doubt on such claims.

'He talks about two cells in Norway, but several cells abroad,' said Mr Lippestad.

He also said that Breivik has shown no sign of empathy with victims and that he was 'surprised he succeeded'.

He revealed Breivik took drugs to be "strong, efficient and awake" before launching the massacre that killed 76 people.

Mr Lippestrad described Breivik, as a 'very cold' person who described the attacks as necessary because he was in a state of war.

He said that yesterday's brief remand hearing was held behind closed doors over concerns that Breivik might send signals to other cells, if they actually exist, if the court had been open to the media.

Breivik asked Mr Lippestad how many people he killed in the attacks.

Mr Lippestad said that Breivik sees himself as a saviour.

The lawyer said that the attacks were "absurd and horrible" and did not know why Breivik picked him for his defence.

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