Archive for January 2012
VG reports that Anders Behring Breivik has decided to give one exclusive interview to a major foreign television channel before the trial begins. According to VG, Breivik has already decided upon which TV station to grant the interview, but it is not known how far in the process this possible interview is.
“We are aware that we are not to be a center for journalists who want to talk to him, so we are not involved in it other than that we have given the accused a council: that it is not wise to speak before the trial. Nevertheless, Breivik said that he will be interviewed by a foreign TV channel,” said [his lawyer] Lippestad.
According to defense attorney, his client received numerous inquiries from reporters wanting to interview him.
“This is something Ila [prison] must consider,” said Lippestad….
Original article: Breivik vil gi eksklusivt TV-intervju før rettssaken
TV2 writes that a large number of police investigators arrived yesterday at Breivik’s lawyer’s office, Lippestad Law Offices, for a meeting that lasted one-and-a-half hours. The reason for the meeting was that the police are eager to continue questioning Anders Behring Breivik. The questioning came to an end a couple of weeks ago when the police failed to provide in writing an agreement that Breivik would have access to a computer during his imprisonment, a stipulation that had been orally agreed upon earlier.
According to TV2, it will be the prison or health authorities that will have the final say in the matter, but TV2 reports that both the police and Breivik’s lawyers were of the opinion after yesterday’s meeting that it is likely that Breivik will, indeed, be granted access to a computer given the restricted conditions under which he will likely be kept, whether in prison or in a psychiatric hospital.
Both the police and the defense believes that Anders Behring Breivik in the future will have access to a computer – regardless of whether he is sentenced to treatment or punishment….
Original article: Breivik får trolig beholde pc-en på cellen
VG writes that the police are eager to continue the questioning so that they can get more informaiton about Breivik’s economy, his compendium (manifest), and the organization, Knights Templar, that Breivik says he represents.
Mass murderer has so far not been confronted with the information in the interview – in part because he refuses to examine further before he gets fulfilled its requirement to access the computer after the verdict has dropped the case this summer.
“The status is that there will be no more questioning so far, but we have a good dialogue with the defenders and both parties want to conduct more interrogations,” saying the police prosecutor.
Mass murderer has so far been examined in 170 hours, and police hope it will be restarted so that they specifically have questioned Breivik the economy, the manifesto and the alleged organization “Knights Templar”….
Original article: Vil ta beslag i telefonsamtaler til departementet
NRK reports that the police have decided that they will go through all the recorded conversations to the governmental offices around March 2011, the time that one of the receptionists says that a threatening phone call was received. Police lawyer, Pål-Fredrik Hjort Kraby, said to NRK that governmental workers have searched through about half a year of material and that the police will now gain acess to a hard-drive that contains one full year of recordings.
Hjort Kraby told Verdens Gang (VG) that the amount of material is enormous, and that the reported conversation has not been found so far, and that may mean either that the call did not took place or that it simply hasn’t been found yet. According to Hjort Kraby, it is important to establish whether it was the accused (Behring Breivik) that called, or if someone else knew about the plans.
Police will go through audio logs
“We are pleased that the police should review the log,” says Breivik defender Geir Lippestad to NRK.
Lippestad has previously complained about the police investigation of the telephone call to the ministries, where a man threatened both the prime minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland and the AUF.
“I do not understand why they have not prioritized this,” said Lippestad to NRK Friday….
Original article: Politiet vil gjennomgå lydloggen
Related post: March phone threats were made to the Justice Department
The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) writes that Breivik was initiated as a Freemason in 2007 and was conferred the third degree in 2009. According to the court psychiatrists, Breivik was already mentally ill by 2006, but none of the Freemasons that NRK spoke to reacted to any indication of mental illness in Breivik.
Breivik became a Freemason after he and his mother were invited to celebrate Christmas together with his mother’s second-cousin, Jan Behring, and his wife. According to Behring, Breivik expressed interest in becoming a Freemason and Behring eventually became his sponsor.
During the 7/22 attack on Utøya, the Grand Master of the Norwegian Freemasons, Ivar Skar, could hear the shots and observe the attacker on Utøya from a vacation cabin on a nearby island. Skar told NRK that the day after the attack, a brief Freemasons meeting was held, and Breivik was excluded from the organization. Skar also said that, at the time of his becoming a Freemason, there was nothing about Breivik that indicated that he would not be someone that would fit in well to the organization, and that he seemed like a fine young man.
He was polite, quiet and “puny”
For almost five years ago, Anders Breivik Behring admitted as first-degree member of the Masonic order, “St. John Masonic Lodge St. Olaus to the three pillars.”
23 July, he was excluded as a member.
In 2009 he was admitted to the so-called third degree. Breivik had no official duties or duties in the lodge….
When shots were fired at Utøya on 22 July to Ivar Skar hear gunshots and see the perpetrator from a cabin on an island near Utøya.
Little did he know then that the perpetrator was himself a Freemason.
“I got a phonecall where I learned that the perpetrator was a Freemason. The day after the attack, we held a short meeting. There was no other talk than he had to be excluded immediately,” says Skar.
“At this time there was nothing to indicate that he was anything other than the one that would fit in with us. He seemed like a handsome young man,” says Skar….
Original article: Han var høflig, stille og “pinglete”
Related: Norwegian Order of Freemasons
Stavangeravisen writes that the March telephone threats were made to the Justice Department.
Previous Justice Minister, Knut Storberget (Labor), stepped down in November 2011, a week after he and several other Labor Party leaders received threats posted on a Russian website from a group called The Organization for a Free Norway (Organisasjonen Fritt Norge). Storberget had been a controversial Justice Minister due to his attempts to introduce law changes that would make blasphemy illegal and proposing that the hijab should be allowed in the Norwegian police force.
The Justice Department was located on the seventh floor of the same building as the Prime Minster’s office and was amongst the most severely destroyed offices in the building. Four Justice Department staff members were killed in the 7/22 attacks, three were at work inside the building and one was attending the Labor Youth Organization (AUF) camp at Utøya.
Now do not talk anymore Breivik
Behring Breivik refuses to talk to police before they can guarantee him computer access for the whole sentence after trial. It will not the police do….
The police would, among other things, Breivik asked if it was he who called the Justice Department in March last year and threatened to kill AUF-ers….
Original article: Nå snakker ikke Breivik lenger
In March 2011, a man called the governmental offices talking about a manifest and shooting of Labor Youth Organization (AUF) members. Now Anders Behring Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, says to Verdens Gang (VG) that Breivik acknowledges that he placed a phone call to a governmental department during the planning phase of the attacks, but that he has difficulties remembering the details of this conversation.
Lippestad says that, in his view, it is important to obtain information about the March phone call, and that he is surprised that the police do not appear to have investigated it. He further says that it is important to bring forth information about whoever was apparently knowledgable about a manifest, the Labor Youth Organization (AUF) and governmental representatives. According to Lippestad, the threatening phone call is important if it was made by the accused (Breivik), and at least equally as important if it was not.
In March, a man phoned the switchboard in the government building and talked about a manifesto and to shoot AUF-ers. Anders Behring Breivik’s defense will know who called….
“In our opinion, it is important to get information about someone who has known the plans manifesto, Labour Youth and the named individuals in the government. It is important if it is accused, and at least as important if it is not,” says Lippestad.
He is critical of how the case has been treated by the police.
“I am surprised that the police have not investigated this, but given the ministry responsible for investigating itself. It is very unusual in such a serious matter,” said Lippestad….
Original article: Breivik innrømmer telefonsamtale til departementet
An employee at the govermental offices reported the threatening phone conversation back in March. The police have apparently not searched through the voice recordings at the governmental offices, but have requested that governmental employees search though the thousands of recorded conversations from the time period in question. They have, so far, not been able to find the conversation.
Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said to NRK that either it is the accused (Breivik) who placed the call, or it was someone familiar with the attack plans. Lippestad also said that since the police have used much time looking into whether other people were involved in the 7/22 attacks, they should, therefore, also be following up on this material themselves.
The police have not yet questioned Breivik about the phone conversation. Breivik is no longer answering any questions from the police since they have not formalized and provided, in writing, certain stipulations that had been previously agreed upon, namely that Breivik would be guaranteed access to a personal computer with word processing software and a version of Wikipedia for the duration of his imprisonment.
“Whether it is the accused who have called into this conversation, or is there someone who has known of the plans. Police have spent much time trying to find out if more people have been involved, and therefore they should have control over this material. It is unfortunate that they do not,” says Lippestad….
“Why are the police so little interested in these audit logs?”
“I do not know, and do not understand. They gain the power of this telephone conversation, and it must be important to know if there really was a person number two. I do not understand why they have not prioritized this,” answer Breivik defender.
Lippestad says that he has asked police to investigate, or “requested investigative steps” as he calls it. He sees it as central to the case if there have been some who have known Anders Breivik Behring plans….
Original article: Lippestad refser politiet for manglende etterforskning
Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen of the Oslo District Court (Tingrett) has rejected Breivik’s appeal of the court’s appointment of new psychiatrists. Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, appealed the decision on the grounds that the court had based its decision on confidential medical information from Ila prison that should not have been available to the court.
According to Norwegian newspaper, Verdens Gang (VG), the judge has rejected this argument saying it was generally known at the time that health personnel that had been in contact with Breivik were of the opinion that Breivik was not psychotic.
Breivik’s lawyers have previously stated that they intend to appeal the court’s decision to the Supreme Court.
Terror Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen rejects the Oslo District Court did something wrong when it ruled that Anders Behring Breivik was examined by two forensic psychiatric experts.
Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, accuses the appeal letter to the Court of Appeal court of having committed procedural error when psychiatrists Terje Tørrissen and Agnar Aspaas was appointed on 13 January. Therefore, the district court judge Arntzen wrote a statement to the High Court to decide the appeal issue….
Original article: Dommer avviser Breiviks grunnlag for anke
Related post: Breivik appeals court’s appointment of new psychiatrists
The new court-appointed psychiatrists, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrissen, wrote in a letter to the Oslo District Court (Tingrett) that they wish Anders Behring Breivik to be involuntarily hospitalized in a psychiatric institution for three to four weeks of observation.
In the letter, the psychiatrists make it clear that they seek forced hospitalization of Breivik even in the event that he were to change his mind and accept to participate in a second round of questioning by psychiatrists.
The original court-appointed psychiatrists concluded that Breivik’s political ideas are the result of psychosis and that his concerns of being monitored by the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) before the 7/22 attacks are symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia.
Psychiatry Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrissen for terror accused Anders Breivik Behring admitted to the hospital to evaluate his mental condition.
Yesterday the court received a statement from the new experts around the question of admission of the 32-year-old terrorist….
The opportunity to conduct such an investigation under the Criminal Procedure Act § 167. It is about a so-called “judicial observation”, and experts believe it should take place in three to four weeks….
Original article: Rettsakkyndige vil tvinge Breivik til undersøkelse
Psychiatrists’ letter (in Norwegian).
Neither Breivik nor his lawyers desire a new psychiatric evaluation, and they believe that the court used confidential medical records from Ila Prison that should not have been available to the court when it made its decision.
One of Breivik’s lawyers, Vibeke Hein Bæra, said to Dagbladet that they believe that the court will accept their appeal of the decision, but that they will appeal the appointment of the new psychiatrists to the Norwegian Supreme Court if necessary.
The new experts in terror case says it is necessary.
Breivik and his defense team does not want a new psychiatric examination. They consider, among other things, that it is committed procedural error and that the court has made use of confidential material as it does not have the opportunity.
“We believe that the Court will agree with us. If not, we will, if necessary, bring this to the Supreme Court. “Then you have to wait for any Supreme Court decision,” she says.
The response from the Appellate Court of Appeal is expected early next week….
Original article: Vil tvangsinnlegge Breivik selv om han samarbeider
Government evaluating legality of construction of one-man psychiatric hospital inside prison for Breivik
According to VG’s sources, several leaders from the health authorities visited Ila Prison last week in relation to an ongoing evaluation by the government on the possibility of building a one-man psychiatric hospital inside the prison specifically for Anders Behring Breivik.
In the event that the court finds that Breivik is mentally ill and, therefore, not legally accountable for his actions, Norway’s health authorities are obliged by law to immediately provide adequate treatment in a psychiatric hospital. According to VG’s sources, there is strong doubt among health officials whether the security at Norway’s mental insitutions is good enough to prevent Breivik from escaping alone or with outside assistance.
State Secretary, Robin Kåss (Labor), says to VG that he does not want to deny that a high security arrangement inside Ila prison is among the alternatives that are currently being evaluated. According to VG, the government is evaluating whether they need to go to parliament to request law changes in order to make it legal to keep Breivik inside prison rather than a hospital should he be committed to psychiatric care.
Fears for safety if Breivik sentenced to compulsory treatment
Within the fenced around Ila prison considering the health care system to build a “one-man hospital” for the terrorist accused Anders Behring Breivik.
Secretary of State Robin Kåss (AP) will not deny to VG that such a separate high security construction inside the prison area is among options being considered if Breivik is sentenced to compulsory psychiatric care.
“It is right that we look at a number of options that can ensure both his safety and concern for community protection,” said Kåss to VG.
Original article: Breivik kan få eget sykehus på Ila
Dagsavisen reports that the Norwegian Justice Department is considering a law change that will make it illegal for Anders Behring Breivik to publish the book he is writing. Chief State’s Attorney, Kjerstin A. Kvande, has told Dagsavisen that she understands the need for an evaluation of such a law change.
On the other hand, the General Secretary of the Norwegian Press Association, Per Edgar Kokkvold, is skeptical of a law that makes it illegal for a person sentenced for a serious crime to publish a book.
New law may stop Breivik’s book
23. January 2012
Justice considering an amendment to prevent the murder and rape of men give out books about their crimes and make money on them….
First Prosecutor Kjerstin A. Kvande of Public Prosecutions told Times that she understands that the question be raised, while the Secretary General Per Edgar Kokkvold of the Norwegian Press Association is skeptical of a ban.
“There must be a responsibility of the publishing industry to have a high enough ethical standards to refrain from publishing such books,” believes Kokkvold.
Original article: Ny lov kan stoppe Breiviks bok
Leader of the 7/22 support group, Trond Henry Blattmann, told NRK that he has received several letters from people supporting Anders Behring Breivik. Blattmann is the previous leader of the Vest-Agder Labor Party and was political advisor for the government from 2009 to 2011. Blattmann lost his 17 year old son on Utøya.
The people writing the letters say that we are in the process of destroying the country and that the borders should be closed, Blattmann says to NRK.
Receives letters from Breivik-supporters
Several of the 7/22 support group have received letters from people expressing support for terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.
“It is among other things, that Behring Breivik has the right and everybody else wrong. I have even been discussed with less nice words in these letters,” says Trond Henry Blattman leadership support group to NRK.no.
Blattman lost even his son on Utøya 22 July.
“They write that we are about to destroy the Norwegian society, and that we must block boundaries. It is a warped view of society these people present through letters. It comes warnings and underlying threats. It is not pleasant reading,” he says.
Original article: Får brev frå Breivik-tilhengarar
Janne Kristiansen, head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), announced last night that she is stepping down as leader of the PST. The announcement came hours after her apparent slip of the tongue during the 7/22 hearing in parliament in which she revealed that Norway’s military intelligence service has operative agents in Pakistan.
PST boss: “I said wrong”
When VG confronted Janne Kristiansen with the statements immediately after the hearings, she tried to dampen the impact of what she had said.
“I said wrong, I thought the police liaison officer. He is our point of contact in Pakistan,” said the PST-chief to VG.
Late yesterday afternoon, when Parliament set out its shorthand minutes of the hearing, it was not made any corrections. There was also no correction of Kristiansen’s statements on the PST website.
During the hearing revealed Kristiansen, the Norwegian intelligence service has agents on the ground in Pakistan. Within hours after refereratet was published, she pulled out as head of the Police Security Service (PST)….
Original article: PST-sjefen: – Jeg sa feil
Janne Kristiansen’s leadership of the PST has been turbulent. Former Justice Minister, Knut Storberget (Labor), encouraged her to apply for the position, and NRK writes that her appointment has been considered by many as a political decision.
Second-in-command, Roger Berg, will act as head of PST for the time being. Employee representative, Lasse Roen, says to NRK that they wish to have a say in who becomes the new leader of their organization, and that they oppose another political appointment.
The appointment of Janne Kristiansen as the new manager of PST was also turbulent.
Kristiansen was appointed by Storberget after she had been encouraged to seek the job of the same minister.
Many believed that Storberget had a pure political appointment.
Now ask the employees that they also may be heard when a new chief to be elected.
“Trade unions now expect to be consulted on who should be appointed CEO of PST,” says Lasse Roen.
According to the representative, Roger Berg, who will now serve as chief until further strong support in the organization, and that he therefore should be one of several candidates.
“It is nevertheless important that a new pst manager has experience of leading an emergency response organization PST,” and the least experience in our sector, says Roen.
Does that mean that a new political appointment would be undesirable?
- Yes it will say, answer Roen.
Original article: Mange tårer da Janne Kristiansen tok farvel med sine ansatte
According to Aftenposten, the special unit of the police force (Internal Affairs) has begun investigating whether Kristiansen’s remarks regarding strictly confidential matters constitute a criminal offense.
Retired PST manager Janne Kristiansen’s statements in Parliament Wednesday investigated by the Special Unit for Police Affairs.
It confirms the Special Unit Manager Jan-Egil Presthus to Aftenposten.no.
PST Manager Janne Kristiansen revealed highly classified information in Parliament on Wednesday confirmed Justice Grete Faremo (AP) during a press conference Thursday morning….
Original article: Spesialenheten starter etterforskning av PST-sjefens uttale
In his compendium, “2083 – A European Declaration of Independence,” Anders Behring Breivik commented on the appointment of Janne Kristiansen, describing her as a Labor Party plant without relevant expertise:
“The head of PST, Janne Kristiansen, has never even worked as an intelligence officer, and is nothing more than a planted Labour Party agent, placed to lead the PST, against the will of most PST employees.”
“2083 – A European Declaration of Independence” [opens pdf]
Anders Behring Breivik submitted an appeal today of the decision by the Oslo District Court (Oslo Tingrett) to appoint new psychiatrists. His lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said to Dagbladet that the reason for the appeal is that, in their view, the court has based the decision on material that should not have been available it.
Persons charged with terrorist Anders Behring Breivik defenders appeals the decision to appoint two new experts psychiatrists.
“We deliver our appeal to the court today. We believe that it is committed procedural errors, as we believe the court has made use of confidential material as it has no chance. So we’ll see what the Court of Appeal and any Supreme Court opinion,” says Geir Lippestad to Dagbladet.
Lippestad and co-lawyer Vibeke Hein Bæra was today at Breivik at Ila, and they decided together to appeal.
The defense believes there is talk of a serious error from the court side.
“It is a procedural error that is of such great importance that the decision be revoked,” says Bæra….
Original article: Breiviks forsvarere anker psykiateroppnevnelsen
Related post: Court orders new psychiatric evaluation of Breivik
See also: Breiviks forsvarere anker ny psykiateroppnevnelse (in Norwegian)
Adresseavisen writes that the court case against Anders Behring Breivik will be video streamed to eighteen regional courts. Erling Moe of the Court Administration (Domstoladministrasjonen) told Addresseavisen that this will be done to make it easer for the many victims to follow the case. In December, 452 survivors and a further 276 supportive individuals had indicated to the Oslo District Court (Oslo Tingrett) that they wished to follow the court case.
The broadcast will be streamed to the folowing eighteen regional courts: Nord-Troms, Inntrøndelag (Steinkjer), Sør-Trøndelag, Sunnmøre, Bergen, Kristiansand, Nedre Telemark (Skien), Tønsberg, Drammen, Fredrikstad, Hedmarken, Salten (Bodø), Haugaland (Haugesund), Jæren, Nordmøre, Alta, Indre Finnmark and Ringerike.
Erling Moe also said to the paper that the Court Administration will record the entire court case and have a copy sent to the National Archives (Riksarkivet) as historical documentation.
Transfers terror case to 18 Courthouse
The trial of accused terrorist Anders Behring Breivik be transferred to 18 regional courts around the country….
Original article: Overfører terrorsaken til 18 tinghus
A new press freedom association in Sweden called Tryckfrihetssallskapet will hold its first meeting on January 31st. Its formation was inspired by a Danish association with a similar name, Trykkefrihedsselskabet. Ingrid Carlqvist outlines the reason for the establishment of the organization in Sweden in the most influential alternative news blog in Norway, Document.no [in Swedish].
The editor of Document.no, Hans Rustad, has in the wake of the announcement called for Norwegian bloggers and journalists to create a similar association in Norway in order to establish a Scandinavian network of people dedicated to the protection of freedom of speech.
Freedom of expression needs a defense
For those with media power and political power ignores or withholds it is so, and also leads a language stamps and stigmatize “the others”, and yet is willing to adopt new laws and regulations in order to “arrest” them, literally and figuratively, – then we are in a dangerous development. Then something must be done.
It is important to be able to articulate what’s going on. But it is also important that there is something concrete that can organize a resistance against the development.
In late January formed a Swedish Press Freedom Party, cut the Danish ranges. If it be founded a Norwegian ditto, we would have a Nordic model….
It’s already started work, but we need more of, both as potential members, resource persons, contributors and especially leading figures….
Original article: Ytringsfriheten trenger et forsvar
A 42-year-old Norwegian resident of Denmark is being investigated by the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) and the Danish equivalent in relation to a YouTube video in which someone waves a knife in front of footage of the 7/22 prosecutors, State’s Attorneys Inga Bejer-Engh and Svein Holden. According to Verdens Gang (VG), the man praises Anders Behring Breivik in the video, saying that they will meet in summer on Utøya for shooting practice.
The Norwegian man was called in for questioning by Danish authorities on July 25th after making positive comments about Breivik on Facebook the night after the 7/22 attacks. VG says he also sent an SMS message from his computer to Breivik’s mobile phone, allegedly back-dating the time of the message so that it would apear as if it was sent before the bomb went off. According to VG, the message read “Keep on Anders, friendly greetings your friend,” followed by his name.
The man denies to VG having threatened anyone, and says he was just having fun.
The former custodial sentenced 42-year-old shelves Anders Behring Breivik and threatens shooting at Utøya the summer of your videos.
In a video he posted on YouTube waving 42-year-old with a knife in front of the TV images of prosecutors Inga Bejer-Engh and Svein Holden, as he threatens to kill them.
In other videos shelves Anders Behring Breivik and says they should meet at Utøya the summer to conduct fire training. Now he was being investigated by both Norwegian PST and their Danish counterpart, in addition to the Danish police have charged him with threats….
Original article: Siktet for knivtrusler mot Breivik-statsadvokatene
The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) held its annual press briefing yesterday. In their accompanying report, “Åpen trusselvurdering 2012″ (“Open Threat Evaluation 2012″), the PST says that their main concern, as in previous years, is extreme Islamist environments. In addition, the PST is concerned about violence from right-wing and anti-Islamic environments.
The head of the PST, Janne Kristiansen, said to Dagbladet that there has been a substantial increase in the number of threats towards officials following the 7/22 attacks, and that the PST is particularly concerned about threats surrounding the upcoming court case against Anders Behring Breivik.
PST presented today from its threat assessment for 2012.
According to PST is main concern, as in previous years, from extreme Islamist groups.
Meanwhile PST worried about violence and terrorism from the extreme right and anti-Islamic environments. They are particularly concerned about the threats people from such groups in connection with the upcoming trial of accused terrorist Anders Behring Breivik….
Original article: PST frykter trusler og vold rundt rettssaken mot Breivik
PST report: Åpen trusselvurdering 2012 (in Norwegian)
The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) is investigating a four-minute YouTube video depicting the Crown Prince of Norway, Prime Minster Jens Stoltenberg, and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre visting Norwegian soldiers in Afhanistan. A scrolling text on the video reads:
“Oh, Allah destroy them. Oh, Allah destroy them and let it be painful and leave their uprisers turn into ashes, to the Mighty. Oh, Allah avenge those who are transgressors, they ignored and could not appreciate your rank, to the highest.” [Google translation.]
In 2008, Gahr Støre survived a Taliban attack on the hotel in which he was staying in Afghanistan.
PST start investigating threat video
Police Security Service open terrorist investigations since the publication of the video with threats against the Royal Family and government members.
“It’s just decided to start an investigation. We can not exclude that we will go to the arrests, said communications manager Martin Bernsen of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST)….”
Original article: PST starter etterforskning av trusselvideo
Norwegian newspaper, Vårt Land, reports that a government-appointed committee, the Faith and Ethics Policy Committee, that was established a year and a half ago by Culture Minister, Anniken Huitfeldt (Labor), will likely propose that judges and police officers should be allowed to wear the hijab.
The question of whether the hijab should be allowed in the court system and police force has been a matter of heated debate in Norway. A proposal by previous Justice Minster, Knut Storberget (Labor), to allow the use of the hijab in the police force was withdrawn after it received strong negative reactions.
Wishes hijab in the police
Police and judges with the hijab may be the result if the government’s belief political committees gets its way….
Non-French. Stålsett [the committee chairman] is clear that Norway is in a different direction than France, which is the longest in Europe to ban the use of the hijab.
“So, the committee will not come down on any French, secular solution?”
“It will affect our conclusion that we in no way want to hide away or reduce the presence of religious symbols. We want to facilitate that diversity should be strong,” says Stålsett….
Original article: Ønsker hijab i politiet
See also: Veiling the Police in Norway at Gates of Vienna.