Friday 6 December 2019

Breivik's estranged father speaks of 'absolute horror'

Martin Evans in Oslo

ANDERS BREIVIK'S father yesterday spoke of his "absolute horror" at his son's crimes and has said he will never come to terms with what has happened.

Jens Breivik, a retired diplomat who is in his 70s and lives in rural France, offered his condolences to the loved ones of all those killed and wounded in Friday's massacre.

"I view this atrocity with absolute horror," said Mr Breivik, who has been estranged from his son for 16 years.

"My condolences go out to all those who have suffered. I am in a state of shock and have not recovered."

Mr Breivik, who worked as a diplomat in London and Paris, had three children from a previous marriage when he met Anders' mother Wenche Behring, a nurse.

They split when Breivik was aged just one and he moved to Paris where he married another embassy worker.

Initially he and his new wife, Tove Xvermo, wanted to raise his son in France but they lost the custody battle and the youngster remained in Norway.

However, the young Breivik spent much of his childhood visiting his father at his flat in Paris and his holiday home in Normandy.

But their relationship broke down when Breivik was a teenager and his behaviour became more unruly and rebellious.

A keen fan of hip-hop music, he would spend his evenings with a small gang of friends spraying graffiti on buildings around Oslo.

He admits he caused hundreds of thousands of euros worth of damage by painting his name or 'tag' around the city.

His best friend as a youngster was a Norwegian Pakistani boy. But the pair drifted apart as Breivik became more interested in right-wing politics.

As his beliefs became more extreme he began contacting far-right organisations around Europe including a number of Serbian radicals.

In order to fund his activities he started a business outsourcing programming services and amassed more than €565,000 giving him the freedom to concentrate on his murderous plot.

He claims to have been mentored by a British extremist.

Irish Independent

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