Monday 29 May 2017

Norwegians to quiz Britons over massacre

Ellen Branagh in Oslo

NORWEGIAN police intend to bring their inquiries to Britain and several British citizens could be questioned as part of investigations into the mass killings, carried out by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik.

Last night a police spokesman said the names of individuals and several groups have emerged through questioning of British anti-Muslim blogger Paul Ray, as well as further questioning of Breivik.

Press officer Roar Hanssen said: "We have some names and also some groups we are investigating. They came from Paul Ray, and also from Breivik."

Breivik, who has admitted the Oslo and Utoya Island attacks on July 22, was questioned again this week, with questions reportedly focusing on his anti-immigration manifesto, alleged links to a group called the Knights Templar, and potential ties to Britain.

"A lot of people are mentioned in Breivik's manifesto and we, of course, want to speak to them and there are some links to the UK," Mr Hanssen said.

"I don't know if there are specific areas they are from but there are some right-wing groups."

He said they were now deciding what to do. The people mentioned could be taken to Norway for questioning, or Norwegian police could come to the UK to speak to them.

"We can ask for help from the British police. It is not decided what we will do yet but these are possibilities," he added.

Mr Hanssen said he could not comment on whether names of people from other countries had also come out of the investigation.

Breivik admitted killing the 77 people last month but the 32-year-old denies criminal guilt because he believes the massacre was necessary to save Norway, claiming it was aimed at purging Europe of Muslims and punishing politicians who have embraced multiculturalism.

Irish Independent

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