Killer Breivik charged with terror crimes

Thu, Mar 8, 2012, 00:00

The Norwegian anti-Islam militant who killed 77 people last summer was charged yesterday with terrorism and premeditated murder.

Prosecutors said they would initially seek a sentence of psychiatric care for the admitted killer but might demand 21 years in prison – Norway’s nominal maximum – if an initial diagnosis of psychosis is contradicted by a second opinion.

Anders Behring Breivik, aged 33, has admitted carrying out a July bomb attack that killed eight people at government headquarters in Oslo and a gun massacre hours later that killed 69 people at a Labour Party summer camp. He regarded his targets as “traitors” with immigrant-friendly attitudes, he explained at a preliminary court hearing.

Prosecutor Svein Holden said the killings included “aggravating circumstances” but did not amount to crimes against humanity under Norwegian law.

Prior to his killing spree, Breivik posted a 1,500-page compendium of anti-immigration writings on the internet, claiming that European identity was under threat from waves of Muslim newcomers.

A German clothing company popular among neo-Nazis has apologised for naming one of its shops Breivik, claiming the name related to a Norwegian town and not to the killer. – (Reuters)