Norway murder suspect arrives in court for private hearing
Published 25/07/2011 | 12:19
The Norway mass bomb attack and shooting suspect has arrived in an Oslo court.
Anders Behring Breivik, 32, had requested a public hearing for his first appearance in court today but was refused by the state prosecutor over fears it could turn into a media circus.
There were also concerns that Mr Breivik could use the court to send signals to potential accomplices and compromise the overall investigation.
Initial beliefs that he acted alone lost further traction today after Polish police arrested a man following reports that Mr Breivik tried to buy chemicals in the central European country.
British Police are also investigating potential links there after the bomb and shooting attacks which killed an estimated 90 people in Oslo and on a nearby island on Friday.
The accused is likely to provide more information about the attacks in court. .
The 32-year-old has admitted to the killings and said he carried out the attacks - the worst in Norway's postwar history - alone.
It is understood there will be an eight week hearing following today’s appearance in court.
In a 1,500-page manifesto published on the internet just prior to the attacks, Mr Breivik described how trials could form a "propaganda phase".
The manifesto - accompanied by a video - lists various "enemies", criticises multiculturalism and states how immigrants, especially Muslims, should be banished from Europe.
The massacre at the Utoya island targeted members attending a youth camp organised by the ruling Labour Party.
During questioning, Mr Breivik also said he had intended to shoot former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland during her presentation on the island earlier in the afternoon but he was delayed, according to local reports.