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Norway's mass murderer makes absurd demands

Karl Ritter

Published 03/08/2011 | 05:00

THE man who confessed to killing 77 people in Norway has made a long list of "unrealistic" demands, including the resignation of the country's government. He also wants his mental condition to be investigated by Japanese specialists.

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Anders Breivik's lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said his client's list was "unrealistic, far, far from the real world and shows he doesn't know how society works".

Breivik (32) has linked the demands to his willingness to talk about two other alleged terrorist cells that he mentioned during questioning.

"They (the demands) are completely impossible to fulfill," said Mr Lippestad, adding that although Breivik had agreed to be examined by local psychiatrists, he also wanted to be investigated by Japanese specialists.

"He claims that the Japanese understand the idea and values of honour and that a Japanese (specialist) would understand him a lot better than any European would."

The lawyer said his client had demanded complete political reform and that he wanted to be assigned a key role in this.

"His demands include the complete overthrowing of both the Norwegian and European societies," he said, noting that it includes the resignation of the Norwegian government.

Extremists

Breivik has claimed that he carried out his attacks as part of a network of modern-day crusaders -- the Knights Templar -- to launch a revolution against a Europe spoiled by Muslim immigration and that there were other cells ready to strike.

However, investigators have so far found no signs of a larger conspiracy. They are still searching his computer and mobile-phone records for any signs of contact with other right-wing extremists who may have helped or influenced him.

At a news conference yesterday, prosecutor Christian Hatlo said the police had now finalised their investigation into the site of the bombing in Norway's government quarter that left eight dead, but were still working to secure evidence at the site of the Labour Party youth camp massacre.

Rescue workers have now begun to clean up the Utoya island camp by collecting and returning personal items left behind by the victims, he said.

The July 22 bombing in Norway's government quarter in Oslo killed eight people and the shooting massacre at an annual summer camp held by the Labour Party's youth wing on Utoya island claimed an additional 69 lives.

If Breivik is convicted of terrorism, he could face up to 21 years in prison. An alternative custody arrangement, however, could keep him behind bars indefinitely.

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