Thursday 21 September 2017

Oslo killer to remain in isolation for four weeks

Anders Behring Breivik , left, sits in an armored police vehicle after leaving the courthouse following a hearing in Oslo Monday July 25. Photo: PA
Anders Behring Breivik , left, sits in an armored police vehicle after leaving the courthouse following a hearing in Oslo Monday July 25. Photo: PA

Independent.ie reporters

The man who admits massacring over 70 people in Norway will remain in isolation for a further four weeks, an Oslo court has ruled.

He had requested removal from isolation ahead of his appearance in court today.



As Anders Behring Breivik appeared in court under heavy police protection, some 1,500 survivors and relatives of those killed and attacked visited Utoya island today to grieve the massacre.



His earlier request to wear a black tuxedo to the session was denied and described by the Oslo District Court as "unnecessarily disturbing and provocative".



Breivik has admitted to killing eight people when he exploded a truck bomb outside government offices in Oslo and shooting dead 69 people at the youth camp on nearby Utoya island.



The 32-year old, who describes himself as an anti-communist crusader, denies criminal guilt because he believes the massacre were necessary to save Norway and Europe.



If terrorism charges stick, Breivik could be sentenced to 21 years in prison.



His lawyer Geir Lippestad said that Breivik would ask the court to lift his isolation.



"He wants to describe how he experiences his situation in isolation," said Mr Lippestad.

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