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Norway’s Breivik could be charged with crimes against humanity

Independent.ie reporters

Published 26/07/2011 | 11:48

Anders Behring Breivik may be charged with crimes against humanity, according to prosecutor Christian Hatlo.

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Mr Breivik is currently facing terror-related charges which carry a maximum 21-year sentence.

However, if he was convicted of crimes against humanity he could receive a 30-year sentence, Mr Hatlo told the Aftenposten newspaper.

Norway's justice minister has praised the "fantastic" work done by police as questions are asked about how quickly they reacted to the shootings on Utoeya Island, where most of the estimated 76 victims died following a bombing in the capital.

"I had the opportunity to thank police in Oslo and other districts and other organs," Justice Minister Knut Storberget told reporters after talks with Oslo's police chief.

"It is very important that we have an open and critical approach," Mr Storberget added, "but there is a time for everything."

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