Archive for February 2012
The psychiatric observation of Anders Behring Breivik ordered by the Oslo District Court (Tingrett) commenced at Ila Prison today reports NRK. The observations will take place in a sixty square meter room on the floor above the three cells to which Breivik currently has access. According to NRK, the room contains a sofa group, a work desk, a television and a dining area. Psychiatric nurses and psychiatrists will be in the room together with Breivik observing him while he reads, writes and eats.
The Oslo District Court has decided that the observations must be completed before the end of March. NRK reports that the observations will, together with the interviews, form the basis for the psychiatric report that the new court-appointed psychiatrists have to hand over to the court at the latest on April 10th. It is currently not known for how long the psychiatrists, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrisen, will find it necessary to conduct their 24-hour observations.
NRK also reports that the psychiatrists will continue their interviews with Breivik in parallel to the continuous observation of his activities.
One of Breivik’s lawyers, Vibeke Hein Bæra, told NRK that Breivik intends to read and write as he usually does. If he wishes to exercise, he will be transferred back to his cells on the floor below, and neither exercising or bathroom visits are part of the observation writes NRK. Psychiatric nurses will, however, be at Ila Prison during the night so that Breivik can be observed at night.
Aftenposten writes that yesterday Breivik’s lawyers showed him police photos of the victims from the explosion in Oslo and from the shooting at Utøya. According to Aftenposten, one of his lawyers, Odd Ivar Grøn, told the Norwegian Telegram Bureau (NTB), a Norwegian press agency, that Breivik thought the pictures were gruesome, but that he did not display any physical reaction.
Google translation [edited for clarity]:
These six will observe Breivik
The more than 60 square meters room where Breivik to stay, the windows of plexiglass. The room consists of a large sofa, a workstation, a television and a separate dining area where Breivik can enjoy meals.
- It is bright and pleasant, and neither Breivik or we have objections to the room, says lawyer Vibeke Hein Bæra to NRK.
During the observation Breivik plans to read and write, the way he usually does on the cell.
He will initially be under observation all day Wednesday.
If he wants to train, he must return to cell division, and neither exercise or bathroom visits are part of the judicial observation.
Questioning at the police station in Oslo and visits by the defense lawyers in the prison will take place as normal during the observation period, according to Hein Bæra.
The two new experts on the matter, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrisen, will continue their discussions with Breivik in parallel with the observation….
Original article: Disse seks skal observere Breivik
Director of Public Prosecutions will consider how Breivik carried terror. AUF pray that nothing will be covered over or simplified.
Today it became clear that the Attorney General Tor-Aksel Busch will take out the final charges against Anders Behring Brevik on Friday.
The charges will be the prosecution description of how they think Breivik conducted terrorist actions, and what kind of reaction it should trigger.
It is not clear how detailed the charges will be, but nearly 120 people, victims and survivors, should be named in the document, according to NRK.
“It has been the discussions, both public prosecutor and the attorney general. In that sense we have given to know our views. Some questions we think are difficult, and it is in terms of scope. Everything that happened on Utøya, which we are most concerned, have a way with….”
Original article: “Ingenting må bli forenklet i tiltalen mot Behring Breivik”
Since January when communication restrictions at Ila Prison (Ila Fengsel) were lifted, Anders Behring Breivik has received many letters from private individuals, one of Breivik’s lawyers, Vibeke Hein Bæra, told NRK. Several of these have responded to communication from Breivik, she explained. Bæra told NRK that Breivik is primariy interested in corresponding with people who share his ideology.
Bæra also told NRK that Breivik spends much time thinking about to what degree his ideas, and particularly those communicated in his manifest, have taken root in society. She also says that Breivik is very focused on prioritizing his time. Lately he has received access to a copy of his manifest and several thousand pages of police documents.
Google translation [edited for clarity]:
Anders Behring Breivik (33) writes a letter with several people who share his ideology. The terrorist is concerned about his so-called manifesto has taken root in society.
After letters and visits controls were lifted in January, Breivik received numerous letters from individuals in the cell, confirming the defender Vibeke Hein Bæra.
Several have also responded directly to requests from the terror suspect 33-year-old, said the lawyer told NRK.
“He is primarily concerned with writing letters to what he defines as like-minded, and that shares his ideology. He receives many letters in prison, both from like-mind and other types of inquiries. They [the letter writers] do not support [his] actions, but there are many [of them] who share his ideology. Some of these people have written back to him,” said Bæra.
She does not rule out that some of the people Breivik have contact with may be relevant as witnesses at trial….
Original article: “Breivik brevveksler med meningsfeller”
Related post: Breivik intends to begin sending letters
Arne Johannessen, leader of the Norwegian Police Union (Politiets Fellesforbund), gave a strong warning to the Justice Department regarding the appointment of a new head of the Police Security Service (PST), the Police Union wrote on its website, pf.no.
“To hire a new PST-chief with little leader experience and no [police-]professional background from the area of responsibility of the PST is a risk sport. We cannot afford to make another miss; confidence and calm around the PST have to be created so that they can do the important job they have been assigned to do,” Johannesen said in an interview with the newspaper, Verdens Gang (VG), the Police Union writes.
“I and many others were critical when Janne Kristiansen [former head of PST] was appointed, and there was no lack of critique against the many jumps around by Storberget [the former Justice Minister]. PF (The Police Union) was very critical of the so-called [application] process. There were good applicants with strong professsional integrity and experience on the application list, but Storberget went around and got Kristiansen. I hope the politicians have learnt something from this,” Johannesen said.
The appointment of Janne Kristiansen by Knut Storberget (Labor) in 2009 as head of the Police Security service was regarded by many as a political one. Storberget was controversial as Justice Minister because of his attempts to make blasphemy illegal and to introduce the use of the hijab to the Norwegian police force. He stepped down in November 2011 after having received death threats from a group called “The Organization for a Free Norway” (Organisasjonen Fritt Norge).
Warns against gambling with new PST chief
Arne Johannessen, head of the Joint Police Association, warns the justice minister against to gamble with the appointment of a new PST boss.
“Hiring a PST manager with little management experience and no academic background in PSTs area of responsibility is a risk sport. We can not afford another blunder, it must be created confidence and peace around the PST so that they can do the important job they are meant to do,” says Johannessen to VG….
Original article: Advarer mot å gamble med ny PST-sjef
The Labor Youth Organization (AUF) will not be arranging its annual summer camp at Utøya this year AUF-leader, Eskil Pedersen, confirmed to Verdens Gang (VG). Instead, a memorial ceremony is planned for the one-year anniversary of the 7/22 attacks.
“It is practically impossible, and neither does it feel right, to have a political summer camp at Utøya this year. The new Utøya must stand ready before we have a camp there,” Pedersen says.
VG writes that, the day after the attack, Pedersen made it clear that the AUF should take Utøya back. “It was difficult to understand there and then how much long-term work would be needed for us to be able to take Utøya back. But the ambition still stands firm; we shall do it, and we shall have political summer camps there, but not this year,” Pedersen said to VG.
“I understand not everyone thinks this way, but I do. I understand that people can think it is strange and wrong to arrange camps at Utøya again; but as an organization, I believe it is the only right [thing to do]. We experience a fantastic engagement in the organization now, and have more active [members] than in many years. It feels right that they, too, shall experience summer camp at Utøya,” Pedersen explains. He also pointed out to VG that the Labor Youth Organization has a sixty year long tradition at Utøya.
AUF drops Utøya camp this year
Planning a ceremony commemorating 22 July
Even if it were practicable, would not AUF organized political fun at Utøya this year.
This confirms AUF leader Eskil Pedersen. Recently determined leadership in the youth organization summer camp’s fate.
“It is practically impossible and it feels not right to have a summer camp for political Utøya this year. The new Utøya must be completed before we have a camp there,” says Pedersen….
Original article: AUF dropper Utøya-leir i år
A photograph of Jens Stoltenberg embracing the Labor Youth Organization (AUF) leader, Eskil Pedersen, at Sundvolden Hotel shortly after the Utøya attack has won the annual Photo of The Year award arranged by the Norwegian Press Photographers Club. The photo was taken by freelance photographer, Tommy Ellingsen, working for Stavanger Aftenblad. In the background of the photo, a police bodyguard can be seen as well as former Justice Minister, Knut Storberget.
“The picture has the strength that we, as a jury, get a lump in our stomach when we see it several months after the terror acts on July 22, 2011. We do not see the terror, we do not see the destruction, but we see the sorrow and anger it leaves behind,” the jury wrote in its decision.
A video of Anders Behring Breivik and police on Utøya during a police reconstruction of the terror attacks won the award for the best news video of the year. The video was a collaborative effort of several photographers working for Verdens Gang (VG): Mathias Jørgensen, Gisle Oddstad, Jarle Brenna, Helge Mikalsen, Espen Braata, Trond Solberg and Mattis Sandblad.
The Press Photographers Club gave this years “nice boy” award to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The award is given to public figures who have shown great ability to collaborate well with the press.
LITERATURE HOUSE (AP) – Shots of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg embracing AUF leader of the terrorist attack on Utøya has been named this year’s image.
It is July 23, the day after Norway has changed forever. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg embrace AUF leader Eskil Pedersen Sundvolden hotel. He hugs his young colleague, facial expression is clenched.
To the left stands a guard, ready. In the background a glimpse former Justice Minister Knut Storberget.
“I remember very well that I met Eskil Pedersen, I gave him a hug, and that it was painful. Painful to see him hurt to see all the others, and especially painful to see all those who had received news that one of their closest had lost their lives,” says Jens Stoltenberg told AP about the moment that was captured and the Year image….
Original article: Stoltenberg om årets bilde: “Jeg husker at det var vondt å se Eskil”
Related website: Fotojournalisten (publication of Pressefotografenes Klubb)
During the most recent police questioning of Anders Behring Breivik, the police handed Breivik a piece of paper and asked if he could make a list of alternative targets that he considered before the 7/22 attacks, one of Breivik’s lawyers, Odd Ivar Grøn, told Verdens Gang (VG) in an interview.
VG writes that Breivik mentioned a total of about thirty possible targets that he planned to attack with bombs or weapons; this included a list of twelve Norwegians he considers to be traitors.
According to the paper, the organization, Knights Templar, which Breivik says he represents, has as its targets both buildings and people it considers traitors. The lists of people considered traitors are reportedly divided in three categories: A, B, and C.
VG has, after having contacted everyone that Breivik listed as category A traitors, published these names:
- Jonas Gahr Støre (Foreign Minister, Labor)
- Gro Harlem Brundtland (former Prime Minster, Labor)
- Trond Giske (Minister of Business, Labor)
- Anniken Huitfeldt (Minister of Culture, Labor)
- Raymond Johansen (Party Secretary, Labor)
- Kåre Willoch (former Prime Minster, Conservative)
- Kjell Magne Bondevik (former Prime Minister, Christian People’s Party)
- Knut Wollebæk (former Foreign Minister, Christian People’s Party)
- Trine Skei Grande (current leader of Leftist Party)
- Kari Helene Partapuoli (leader of the Anti-racist Center)
- Torry Pedersen (Chief Editor, VG)
- Hilde Haugsgjerd (Chief Editor, Aftenposten)
- Several organisations: Amnesty International, the Central Church Council (Mellomkirkelig råd) and fifteen unnamed organizations/businesses referred to as the asylum lobby.
According to VG, Breivik has stated that it would be preferrable to focus on one political party due to limited resources. Former Prime Minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik, and former Foreign Minister, Knut Wollebæk, from the Christian People’s Party (KrF) are, according to VG, on the list of category A traitors because that government supported the NATO invasion of Serbia.
Google translation of right hand column [edited for clarity]:
Such is Breivik’s death list:
Breivik’s alleged organization, Knights Templar, has according to the terrorist not only buildings objectives, but also people they regard as traitors and betrayers. These death lists are divided into categories, named A, B, and C, and are, according to Breivik’s logic legitimate targets.
Here’s the A-list:
Jonas Gahr Støre, or “Judas Gal [Crazy] Støre” as Brevik says he is called in conservative circles. (A Google search shows that several online debaters on Norwegian discussion forums uses this description, note by the editor.)
Gro Harlem Brundtland. Is according to Breivik not a traitor now, but has a historical significance that means that she will always be on such a list.
Three other Labor politicians are mentioned specifically: Minister of business Trond Giske and Culture minister Anniken Huitfeldt, both of which have been AUF leaders and party secretary Raymond Johansen.
Kare Willoch. Breivik has reservations about having the former Conservative prime minister on the list because it is desirable to concentrate on one party because of limited resources.
Kjell Magne Bondevik (KrF). Because he during his time as prime minister supported the invasion of Serbia. Breivik has said that the establishment of the Knights Templar were initiated because NATO “prevented” that Muslims were deported from the country [Serbia].
Knut Wollebæk (KrF). Bondevik’s Foreign Minister on the list for the same reason.
Current Liberal leader Trine Skei Grande is also included.
The same is Kari Helene Partapuoli, head of the Anti-Racist Center.
VG chief editor Torry Pedersen, Aftenposten-chief [editor] Hilde Haugsgjerd and NRK [Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation] as an organization is mentioned. Breivik accuses Norwegian media of being spokesmen for the cultural marxists.
In addition, he mentions several non-governmental organizations as category A-traitors: Amnesty International, Central Council on Ecumenical [Mellomkirkelig råd] and the “asylum lobby.” The latter is Breivik’s own bag-designation of 15 unnamed organizations that want to “colonize Norway with Muslims.”
Kari Helene Partapuoli is on the list. She says she’s used to that right-wing uses terms such as traitor and betrayor about her. “I have received emails from people who have asked whether my family has a background from NS [Nasjonal Samling, a fascist party in Norway during WW2]. Thus, it is not surprising that even this man [Breivik] has said this.”
PS! VG has been in contact with, and informed everyone mentioned in Breivik’s list of “category A-traitors….”
Original article: Her er listen over Breiviks terrormål
Related post: Breivik’s statement in court February 6, 2012
Breivik has met new court-appointed psychiatrists several times, forced observation unlikely says Lippestad
NRK writes that Anders Behring Breivik has had three meetings since last Thursday with the new court-appointed psychiatrists. The psychiatrists are meeting Breivik individually in his cell without a glass divider. Following Breivik’s request, the conversations are recorded and Breivik’s lawyers are given a copy.
“The conversations have started. They started last week, and they are carried out in the same way as with the first court-appointed specialists. The new [aspect] is that everything is being recorded on tape that we lawyers get a copy of. This we shall have so that we can check what he has said, so that one has it for the future,” said Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad.
Lippestad also said to NRK that the decision by the Oslo District Court (Tingrett) permitting the psychiatrists to request forced observation is still valid, but that he considers it unlikely that the psychiatrists will request it now that Breivik is cooperating.
Another of his lawyers, Vibeke Hein Bæra, said that Breivik hopes that the psychiatrists declare him accountable. She says she does not believe it is the punishment that determines Breivik’s stance on the matter. “I don’t think it is so important to him what kind of punishment he is given. The most important for him is to be able to explain why he did what he did,” Hein Bæra says to NRK.
Breivik talk to the experts
Anders Breivik Behring now working with the new psychiatrists in terror case and have met them several times in prison.
Anders Breivik Behring refused for weeks to talk with the new experts. He should be forced observed instead, but just before admission, he changed his opinion.
Now, Breivik had three conversations with the experts since Thursday. They are sitting now and chatting in the same room at the prison, without glass….
Original article: Breivik snakker med de sakkyndige
Norwegian Newspaper, Vårt Land, reports that, according to a letter sent out from the Norwegian Editors Association (Norsk Redaktørforening) to its members, city streets surrounding the Oslo District Court (Tingrett) in downtown Oslo will be blocked off to traffic during the trial against Anders Behring Breivik.
The association informed its members that the reason for this arrangement is to make space for broadcasting buses from international television stations.
The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) has previously stated that they are concerned about threats and violence in relation to the trial.
140 newsrooms have so far expressed their interest to follow the trial of Behring Anders Breivik.
The streets around the Oslo Courthouse will be closed to make room for the buses from international TV stations that will transfer directly from the terrorism trial.
140 newsrooms have so far expressed their interest to follow the trial of Anders Behring Breivik in Oslo District Court. The case starts 16 April and is expected to last for ten weeks.
85 of editors are foreign – 55 are Norwegian. From the many TV stations that have expressed interest, there are reports that some 20 media buses will come….
Original article: Stenger gater i Oslo under terrorrettssaken
Dagbladet writes that Anders Behring Breivik’s lawyers will argue in court that he was legally accountable when he carried out the 7/22 attacks. Up until now, Breivik’s defense attorneys had not publicly announced what argument they would make with regard to Breivik’s legal accountability.
“He is is firm on that he is accountable and clear on that he does not recognize himself in the description in the first [psychiatric] report. He is sure that the new psychiatrists will perceive him in a different way than the first. We have to put forth arguments [in court] in accordance to his wishes,” Lippestad, Breivik’s lawyer, said to Dagbladet.
Dagbladet also reports that, according to lawyer Tord Jordet, Breivik has set preconditions for partaking in a new series of psychiatric interviews: that the conversations be recorded and that the psychiatrists, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrissen, should read all his explanations given to the police, as well as his manifest, so that they have the necessary background information.
The first court appointed psychiatrists, Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim, concluded that Breivik suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and that his political ideas are the result of psychosis. Breivik has, through his lawyers, stated that 80% of the conversations did not take place as described by the two psychiatrists.
Aftenposten writes that Asbjørn Rachlew, who has been leading the police questioning of Breivik, strongly encourages the two new court-appointed psychiatrists, Agnar Aspaas og Terje Tørrissen, to record the interviews.
“Listening and observation is an important part of the communication in an intverview or an interrogation. But to sit taking notes affects the listening [ability]. There is also no doubt that the one carrying out the questioning sharpens up when a recording that can be played off and analyzed afterwards, is being made,” Rachlew said to Aftensposten.
Lawyer, Tord Jordet, said to Verdens Gang (VG) that Breivik said he took arguments to their logical extreme when talking to the first court-appointed psychiatrists, and attempted to appear more extreme than he really is, and that he believes that this led to the psychiatrists’ conclusions.
According to Jordet, Breivik wished to say things that are extreme in order to move the threshold for what is perceived by society as extreme, so that what was previously considered radical would become moderate after his statements. “He says he has done this because he wished [to bring about] an ideologcal change in society,” Jordet said.
Would argue that Breivik be punished
Anders Behring Breivik wants to convince the new psychiatrists that he is sane. His defenders will argue the same thing in court.
Breivik’s defenders have so far refused to say whether they will argue in court that the client is sane or insane.
But after Wednesday night became known that Breivik takes an about-face and still want to work with the two new psychiatric experts, and that he will fight for them to declare him as a sane, defenders will now argue the same thing in court.
This means that Breivik can be punished for crimes he did 22 July.
“He is certain that he is sane and clear that he did not recognize themselves in the first report’s descriptions. He is confident that the new psychiatrists will see him in another way than the first,” says defender Geir Lippestad to Dagbladet….
Original artle: Vil argumentere for at Breivik skal straffes
Interrogation Chair calls for sound recordings
Asbjorn Rachlew has led the questioning of terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik. He calls the new law psychiatrists in the case strongly to document the conversations they have with Breivik.
“Listening and observation is an important part of communication in an interview or interrogation. But to sit and write is hard beyond listening. There is also no doubt that the person conducting the hearing, sharpens itself when taken recordings can be played back and analyzed afterwards,” said the police officer.
“Recording is a good tool for police and judicial system and will also be the right of psychiatrists,” he says….
Original article: Avhørsleder oppfordrer til lydopptak
Appeared to be more extreme on purpose
Anders Breivik Behring claims that after 22 July has tried to appear more extreme and aggressive than he really is.
Now he says he will try to correct the impression when the new psychiatric expert to evaluate the accountability of his.
“He has said that many of the perspectives he has chosen is very ambitious and quite aggressive, and that he has put them on the tip. He believes it is this that has led to the conclusion of the first expert,” says Breivik defender Tord Jordet….
Original article: Breivik hevder han lurte rettspsykiaterne
Speaking to 300 representatives from police and rescue services at a preparedness and training conference arranged by the Directorate for Societal Security and Preparedness (Direktoratet for samfunnssikkerhet og beredskap), Party Secretary, Raymond Johansen, said that a dedicated crying room had to be established at the Labor Party headquarters in the days following the 7/22 attack, writes Verdens Gang (VG). “We established a crying room in the party office. People broke down [in tears] all the time,” Johansen said.
The Labor Party headquarters are located a couple of hundred yards away from the building housing the Prime Minister’s office and the Justice Department where Anders Behring Breivik detonated a 2000 pound bomb. The front of the Labor Party headquarters building faces the governmental offices, and the destruction caused by the explosion can be seen from many of the Labor Party offices. Several windows in the Labor Party headquarters building were blown out by the strong pressure wave, and the office building was evacuated for four days after the attacks.
“This was not a coincidental attack, but a political assasination. Wounds will heal, it will take time, but the scars will be there forever,” Johansen said, according to VG.
VG writes that Johansen, himself, heard the bomb over the phone. Two hours later he travelled to Sundvollen Hotel and assisted injured survivors from Utøya. Since then, he has travelled around the country and spoken about what happened. According to VG, he says it will take a long time before the after effects of the terror passes, and that for the Labor party the attacks will never be forgotten.
“It is still very demanding for me to talk about this. It is like the crust of a scar that you tear off every so often. But I will not distance myself when I, as the highest leader in the party, am invited to talk about this,” Johansen said according to VG.
Labor office had to have crying room
“People broke down all the time,” says Party Secretary
In the days after 22 July, it established a separate crying room at the office of the Labor Party at Youngstorget.
In front of 300 representatives from the various emergency services in the community told party secretary Thursday about the experiences he and the Labour Party did to keep the party on track in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on Utøya and in the government quarter 22 July.
“This was not a random attack, but a political assassination. Wounds will heal, it will take time, but the scars will be there forever,” said Raymond Johansen….
Original article: Ap-kontoret måtte ha gråterom
Attorney General (Riksadvokat), Tor-Aksel Busch, known for his expressed wish to get rid of the jury system, is of the opinion that lawmakers should consider making it illegal to publish leaked information that someone else has obtained by illegal means, reports Dagbladet. According to Dagbladet, Busch writes this in a letter to The Media Responsibility Commission (Medieansvarsutvalget) which was appointed by the Labor coalition government to come up with proposals for more extensive legal regulations of the media and bloggers.
Dagbladet also reports that Busch is also in agreement with the The Media Responsibility Commission’s view that there should be no legal restrictions on the police investigation of a leak.
Per Edgar Kokkvold, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Press Association, is very critial of the ideas aired by Busch. “It is very unfortunate. Today’s system works well. The consequences will be that people hesitate to go to the press with their information. Protection of sources is, and should be, close to absolute,” Kokkvold said to Dagbladet.
The editor of Nettavisen, Gunnar Stavrum, writes in an opinion piece that the Attorney General is mistaken when he wants to punish the media for publishing leaks and that this would be tantamount to state censorship:
“But today Attorney General Tor-Aksel Busch takes a dangerous step further: we believe one should look closer on whether it should be illegal for the media to redistribute information it has received by others having committed an illegal act of [someone's] duty of confidence, it comes from the State Attorney’s office.
“The proposal from the Attorney General is dangerous, totalitarian and ought to be placed in the drawer immediately.
“The press has a legally-based role of being guard dog. It has laws that protect this role, among others a legally-based protection of sources and a constitutionally founded freedom of expression.
“Even if leaks can be unfortunate, we have long traditions for how it goes when regimes with law in hand can tame the media and decide what should be written in the newpapers.”
Will open to punish the media for leaks
Public Prosecutor Tor Aksel Busch for all 22 July leaks
Now he opens that the media can be prosecuted for passing on information gained through the other has committed a criminal breach of confidentiality.
In response to Media Legal Committee’s report Busch writes that “it is not necessarily obvious” that the media’s dissemination of information they have gained access to the breach of confidentiality, should be penalty-free….
Original article: Vil åpne for å straffe mediene for lekkasjer
Source Hunting and press criminal
February 15, 2012
Attorney General Tor-Aksel Busch will punish the media who publish leaks. Is it not easier to impose state censorship first as last…?
Original article: Kildejakt og pressestraff
Related: Tor-Aksel Busch on Wikipedia (in Norwegian)
Related: Per Edgar Kokkvold on Wikipedia
Norwegian newspaper, Fædrelandsvennen, reports that the Director of Ila Prison, Knut Bjarkeid, has said that the BBC has withdrawn a request for an interview with Anders Behring Breivik. Bjarkeid says he does not know the reason the request has been withdrawn.
The Norwegian Justice Department blocked an earlier interview request by the BBC without giving any specific reasons why the BBC journalist was not given clearance to enter Ila Prison to conduct the interview, which according to Ila Prison would have been conducted through a glass plate and in the presence of prison security personnel.
One of Breivik’s layers, Odd Ivar Grøn, says that, as he understands it, the BBC reevaluated conducting the interview.
NRK has previosly reported that producer Anne Leer and photographer Edward Watts have been recording material for a BBC documentary since early January and were scheduled to stay in Norway until February 16th.
BBC will not be interviewing Breivik
The British broadcasting BBC switches unambiguously states that it has no desire to interview Breivik.
After several hours of work in order to provide an answer, get a button, but accurate statement from London.
“It was speculative inquiries, but the BBC has no plans to correct a formal request for an interview with Anders Breivik,” writes BBC spokeswoman Helen Deller in response to e-mail….
Original article: BBC trekker søknad om å intervjue Breivik
Related post: BBC reporter boycotted by Oslo police
The Norwegian Supreme Court has rejected Anders Behring Breivik’s appeal of the decision by the Oslo District Court (Tingrett) to appoint two new psychiatrists for an unusual, second pychiatric evaluation. According to Verdens Gang (VG), the Supreme Court is of the opinion that the Oslo District Court was entitled to appoint new court psychiatrists before the prosecutors had sumbitted charges against Breivik.
Via his lawyers, Breivik had earlier expressed that he did not want to partake in a second round of psychiatric questioning, and had indicated he was going to refuse to talk to the newly appointed psyhicatrists, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrissen.
Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said to Aftenposten that, following the decision by the Supreme Court, Breivik has now decided that he will be willing to speak to the new psychiatrists on the condition that the conversations are recorded. This was not done during the first psychiatric evaluation, and since he felt the first psychiatrists misinterpreted him, he would like to have the conversations recorded as documentation for the future.
Breivik’s lawyers are now considering whether to appeal another decision by the Oslo District Court from last week that Breivik should be observed against his will during the daytime at Ila Prison for up to four weeks. Lippestad said to Aftenposten that this decision was made on the basis of Breivik refusing to collaborate with the newly appointed psychiatrists, and that situation has now changed. He said to VG that Breivik is ready to partake in interviews right away. Psychiatrist, Terje Tørrissen, said to VG that the new situation has to be discussed with the involved parties in relation to the decicion made by the Oslo District Court last week, and that the outcome of the situation probably will be established in a few days.
Breivik lost in the Supreme Court
Legal dispute has delayed the enforcement of observation
Forced observation of Behring Anders Breivik (33) will probably start soon after the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal on Wednesday afternoon.
Clarification in the Supreme Court means that the court psychiatrists Terje Tørrissen and Agnar Aspaas can start observation of Breivik in Ila prison. The process was put on hold pending the decision….
Later in the evening it became clear that Breivik does full conversion and agree to talk to Tørrissen and Aspaas….
Original article: Breivik tapte i Høyesterett
Requires that there be recordings of the talks this time
Persons charged with terrorist Behring Anders Breivik (33) has changed the perception and now say yes to a new assessment of his mental condition.
The turnaround comes after the Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon dismissed the appeal Breivik procedural errors.
The defenders had a conversation with Breivik in Ila prison later in the evening and the result was the mass murderer now agree to meet the new legal psychiatrists Terje Tørrissen and Agnar Aspaas….
Breivik believes he is sane and has claimed that the majority of the calls, which Husby and Sørheim renders the report are fictional.
“He has always said that there are errors in the initial report. He said 80 percent of the conversations have not occurred. Therefore, he wants to talk to the new experts under one condition: that everything is recorded,” said Lippestad….
Original article: Breivik vil likevel snakke med rettspsykiaterne
Supreme Court rejects appeal Breivik
Person charged with terrorism Anders Behring Breivik (33) must therefore be through a new round of forensic psychiatric evaluations.
Person charged with terrorism Behring Anders Breivik’s defenders are not successful in his appeal to the Supreme Court on the appointment of two new psychiatric experts.
“Supreme Court appeal committee found it unanimously clear that the wording and terminology in the Criminal Procedure Act section 139 subsection gives the court authority to decide on the appointment of new experts when it finds it ‘necessary’,” according to a summary of the ruling of the Supreme Court’s Appeals Committee….
Original article: Høyesterett avviser Breiviks anke
But the terror suspect has set as policy that the conversations recorded on tape.
Anders Breivik Behring will work with the new expert, said his defense Geir Lippestad to Aftenposten.no
Today it became clear that the Supreme Court rejected his appeal against the appointment of two new experts.
“We worked on the basis of the possibility that the appeal would be rejected or accepted, and prepared our client on both. Now that it’s clear that he must deal with new experts, he decided that he wants to cooperate,” says Lippestad….
Original article: Behring Breivik ønsker å samarbeid med de sakkyndige
Related post: Court orders new psychiatric evaluation of Breivik
The Norwegian press filed a request last Decemeber with the Oslo District Court (Tingrett) asking the court to permit photography, video recording and broadcasting of the upcoming trial against Anders Behring Breivik, in order to ensure that the Norwegian public obtains the best possible insight into and control of the court’s handling of this important trial.
Since 1985, the freedom of the Norwegian press to report directly from the courtroom has been restricted, and photography and video recording is only allowed during the main court proceedings if, in the judge’s opinion, particular circumstances warrant it.
Before reaching a decision, the Oslo District Court has asked the parties involved for their views on the matter. On Tuesday, the court made the letters available to the public.
One of Brevik’s lawyers, Tord Jordet, had written that his client supports the request from the Norwegian press and wishes the trial against him to be as open as possible.
The State’s Attorneys and the Labor Youth Organization (AUF), however, disagree with the request of the press; in particular, they wish that Breivik’s testimony not be publically broadcast. Both the State’s Attorneys and the AUF also suggest that the recording of witness testimonies should be limited.
The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) writes that the Oslo District Court has previously indicated that the court will place emphasis on openness in this trial. “The starting point of the court is openess, but in most cases the media pressure is not as large as now. We have to consider using completely new ways of fulfilling the demand of openness,” magistrate Geir Engebretsen previously said to NRK.
Statement from lawyer Tord Jordet representing Breivik – in Norwegian [opens pdf].
Statement from State’s Attorneys, Inga Bejer Engh and Svein Holden – in Norwegian [opens pdf].
Statement from lawyer Frode Elgesem on behalf of AUF – in Norwegian [opens pdf].
Political commentator says it appears the political goal of the Labor Party is to make ethnic Norwegians a minority
In an opinion piece on the Verdidebatt website, which is run by the newspaper Vårt Land, right-wing author, blogger and political commentator, Ole Jørgen Anfindsen, argues that Øyvind Strømmen, a left-wing journalist and author frequently used by the Norwegian media as an expert on right-wing politics, exaggerates the relevance of right-wing extremist political ideas and the Eurabia theory to the current political debate in Norway about mass immigration.
According to Anfindsen, Strømmen writes in his most recent book that right wing politicians are borrowing ideas from the extreme right: “[T]he borrowing from the extreme right has not ceased.” Anfindsen says that Strømmen uses quotes from the blog of Progress Party politician, Kent Andersen, to illustrate this point.
Anfindsen points out, however, that, as Andersen has written about on his blog, the Labor Party as early as 1980 stated in parliamentary documents that it is a political goal to transform Norwegian society into a pluralistic, multicultural society. Those that complain that these major policy decisions were not clearly communicated to the Norwegian people, or not debated in a democratic fashion, are simply opposing Labor Party policy, Anfindsen argues.
Anfindsen also writes that the Labor Party appears to applaud the fact that ethnic Norwegicans are soon to become a minority in the capital, Oslo, and that it is reasonable to conclude that the political goal of the Labor Party is exacly that: to make ethnic Norwegians a minority.
Below are excerpts from the article translated from Norwegian:
“In the same blog post from which Strømmen chose to quote an excerpt on pages 162-163 of his book, Andersen also writes the following:
The thought about the ‘multicultural Norway’ is rather not new. It shows up in Parliamentary report number 74 (1979-1980) ‘About immigrants in Norway’ (under Oddvar Nordlie’s [Labor] government). Here we can read quote: ‘To develop one’s own language and own culture as central tools in an intergration process that shall result in the goal of a multicultural/pluralistic society.’
“It is, therefore, just to go to the sources Strømmen gives in his book, as well as follow a weblink or two, and one finds in a few minutes documentation that the situation is more or less how Andersen claims, namely that the Labor Party has desired to break up the unique Norwegian culture and replace it with multiculture. This is, therefore, not the ‘Eurabia thinking,’ as Strømmen claims (page 163), but quite simply the Labor Party thinking.
“The Labor party has, apparently, believed that Norway was too poorly inhabited, and has desired to fix this serious shortcoming by the aid of significant immigration from the Third World. This immigration is subject to a certain regulation from year to year, but in the long run it does not look like there is meant to be any limits to how many should come here.
“And since it is obvious to anyone with a minimum of mathematical schooling that ethnic Norwegians, in a not too distant future, necessarily will become a minority in this country if today’s policy is continued, then it is reasonable to assume that this is exacly the Labor Party’s long-term political goal. And there are not that many years left until Norwegians become a minority in Oslo; a development the Labor Party appears to be applauding.
“So what does this have to do with Strømmen’s book? Not so little. To Strømmen, it is important to portray as right-wing extreme anyone who believes that the Labor Party (and its supporters) lacks respect for Norwegians and Norwegian culture and, therefore, wishes to replace them and it with something else.
“But then it turns out, when one digs a bit in the sources that Strømmen himself refers to, that the Labor Party itself, even in a parliamentary report, makes it clear that it is considered as unfortunate that Norway is dominated by Norwegian culture and that, therefore, they wish to supplement this with a line of other cultures from the whole world. And, in practical politics, the Labor Party each and every day shows that they believe that there should be an end to Norwegians being a majority in this country.
“Now many will, of course, agree with the Labor Party that it is exactly a policy such as this that will make Norway a better country to live in, which is what their youth politicians claimed on NRK news Feb 6, 2012 (in a comment to statements from Breivik’s court hearing the same day, where he repeated his claim that Labor Party politicians are traitors, a statement that the aforementioned Labor Youth [AUF] politicians perceived as incomprehensible).
“But if Norway is a democratic society, one must be allowed to be in disagreement with the Labor Party. In addition, it must be allowed to put forth strong critique of the Labor Party, and it must be allowed to ask critical questions. Yes, it must actually be allowed to be of the opinion that the Labor Party ideologists either are incompetent (and, therefore, do not understand what the long-term consequences of the party’s politics will be) or, alternatively, that they have goals that they rarely admit fully in public.
“For example, it must, as Kent Andersen and Christian Tybring-Gjedde did in a subsequently quite well-known opinion piece in Aftenposten, Aug 25, 2010, be allowed to ask ‘What was wrong with Norwegian culture, since the Labor Party wants to replace it with multiculture?’
“There are just about four million Norwegians in the country, but there are several hundred millions of people in the countries from which our largest immigrant groups have their roots. In some time we are, therefore, — with today’s rules of the game — sentenced to lose the demographic competition; something that, in other words, happens with the Labor Party as an active promoter. The attitude behind this is readily summarized in Thomas Hylland Eriksen’s well-known words: ‘The most important white spot now consists of deconstructing the majority, and do it thoroughly so that it can never be called a majority again (Culcom, June 18, 2008).’
“Strømmen’s book is, thus, referring to sources that document the Labor Party’s responsibility for the (in many people’s opinion, irresponsible) immigration policy that has been conducted in Norway the last decades, and that is even larger than what many of us have been aware of. Since this has relevance for the upcoming trial against Breivik, and since the terror on 7/22 is the backdrop for Strømmen’s book, I’ll include a few words about the defense of Brevik.
“With a possible exception of some Labor Party polticians that NRK has spoken to, it seems to be the broad agreement that Breivik has the right to a trial that is as fair as possible, including a best possible defense. Not at least has his lawyer, Geir Lippestad, repeatedlly underlined the importance of this.
“This means, the way I view it, that Lippestad will fail his task as Brevik’s defense unless he makes sure that the court receives full information about the circumstances Strømmen (implicitly) documents, and that I have outlined above.
“Why so? Yes, because Breivik’s major point is that the Labor Party’s policies in reality constitute treason, and that the party members, therefore, are legitimate targets for actions of the type that he carried out last summer. Let me here, to avoid misunderstandings, rush forward and repeat what I said in several interviews in the weeks after 7/22, namely that I believe it is necessary to tone down the rhetoric in light of the terror tragedy, hereof to cease calling immigration supporters ‘traitors.’
“What is clear, on the other hand, is that the Labor Party has the main responsibility for a policy that many are of the opinion has placed our country in a very problematic situation. As I have emphasized before, this does not give Breivik the right to blow up bombs or excecute AUF [Labor Youth Organization] members. But as his lawyer, it is Lippestad’s duty to put forth all arguments that can indicate lenient circumstances (to the degree this is possible) for Breivik. And he is, unfortunately, right in that there are several aspects of Norwegian democracy that are not functioning as it should.”
Øyvind Strømmen refutes Anfindsen’s critique in the comment field on Verdidebatt, titling his comment “Four points about mendaciousness”:
“In the case of the Progress Party [FRP], I have, to the contrary, both in the book and, for example, in this interview with Nettavisen, criticized the perception of the Progress Party as right-wing extreme, as one ought to: such a perception is idiotic. What I have done, on the other hand, is to criticize specific Progress Party politicians for a simplification of right-wing extremist thought matter, something I have used a chapter in the book to exemplify.”
Original article: Arbeiderpartiet, Lippestad, Breivik og Strømmens mørke nett
Google translation: The Labor Party, Lippestad, Breivik and Strømmen’s Dark Web
Ole Jørgen Anfindsen’s blog: HonestThinking.org
Øyvind Strømmen’s book: The Dark Net. On Right-Wing Extremism, Counter-Jihadism and Terror in Europe.
Related article: Dream of Disneyland – “What was wrong with the Norwegian culture, since the Labor Party will replace it with multiculturalism?” (Drøm fra Disneyland – “Hva var galt med norsk kultur, siden Arbeiderpartiet vil erstatte den med flerkultur?”)
Related link: Culcom
Freelance photographer, Niclas Hammarström, working for the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, has won second prize in the Spot News category in the annual World Press Photo awards for his series of twelve photographs from Utøya. The photos were taken shortly after Anders Behring Breivik had been arrested and they document the police and rescue operations that took place on Utøya.
In one photo, the police can be seen in full protective gear cautiously turning the corner of a small building; in another, a sharp shooter is sitting in the opening of a military helicopter hovering just above the treetops. In several of the photos, Labor Youth Organization (AUF) members that have just been shot can be seen lying lifeless on the ground.
According to Aftenposten, Frode Elgesem, a lawyer who represents the Labor Youth Organisation (AUF), has sent a request to World Press Photo asking that the photos be removed from the World Press Photo website.
Trond Henry Blattmann, leader of the 7/22 support group and former political advisor for the Labor coalition government from 2009 to 2011, said to Aftenposten that he thinks it is despicable that such pictures are part of a photo competition. “I hope for God’s sake that Aftonbladet nor any other Nordic media prints them,” he said to Aftenposten.
Google translation [edited for clarity]:
Support group for 22 July and AUF reacted strongly to the intimate pictures of Utøya victims are honored with the prize in photo contest.
The Swedish photographer Niclas Hammarström from the Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet received Friday, the 2nd place in the prestigious World Press Photo contest for series of photos of the killing of youths Utøya.
In a series of twelve photographs documented parts of the drama that unfolded at the AUF camp this afternoon 22 July. Among other things, there are several images taken after Anders Breivik Behring has been arrested and showing young people killed. In several of the images can be easily identified victims….
Original article: “Helt forkastelig”
Breivik will not be committed to Dikemark Hospital, court orders psychiatric observation inside prison
Oslo District Court (Tingrett) today decided that Anders Behring Breivik will not be committed to Dikemark Hospital for psychiatric observation. Instead, the court followed the most recent recommendation from the two newly court-appointed psychiatrists, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrissen, that Breivik be observed by psychiatric health personnel inside Ila Prison.
The court has decided that the observation must be concluded before the end of March and not last longer than four weeks, a shorter time frame than previously discussed. In the decision, Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen writes that a condition for the psychiatric observation is that it does not affect the defense’s ability to prepare for the upcoming trial.
NRK writes that this is the first time a Norwegian court ordered someone accused of a crime to be hospitalized inside Ila Prison rather than to be committed to a psychiatric hospital. If today’s decision by the court is effectuated, Breivik will be moved to another area of Ila Prison during the daytime where he will be accompanied by health personnel from Dikemark Hospital and the two newly appointed psychiatrists. Currently, Breivik spends time in three cells, one for computer use, one for exercising and one for sleeping.
Breivik’s lawyers told Aftenposten that in their view forced psychiatric observation at this time will interfere with Breivik’s ability to prepare for his trial, the meeting activity between Breivik and his lawyers, and the remaining police questioning.
Breivik’s lawyers have appealed the court’s decision to carry out a second round of psychiatric evaluation, and a decision is expected next week.
Breivik forced psychiatric observation
Defendant told VG Nett: “He will not cooperate”
Oslo District Court has today decided that Anders Breivik Behring will enter into a forced psychiatric observation in Ila prison.
This gives the new right-appointed psychiatrists an opportunity to observe Breivik in daily, to find out whether he is sane.
“Breivik is not surprised by the result. He said he is glad that he will be in Ila,” said defender Odd Ivar Grøn to VG.
He and lawyer Tor Jordet sits next Breivik at the police station in Grønland. They say that 32-year-old is disappointed with the decision.
“He is still determined that he will not cooperate with the committee,” said Grøn….
Original article: Breivik tvinges til psykiatrisk observasjon
Google translation [edited for clarity]:
Behring Breivik be forced committed in prison
Persons charged with terrorist Behring Anders Breivik be forcibly examined for up to four weeks in Ila Prison.
Will consider an appeal
“We register that it is set up to 4 weeks of observation, and are concerned about how this should be solved in terms of time – how Breivik will have time to prepare himself for trial. If this is left we will consider whether to request that the trial be postponed, says defender Odd Ivar Grøn to Aftenposten.no.
The trial is scheduled for 16 April.
“Will you appeal the decision on forced hospitalization?”
“It’s a bit early to say. First we need to discuss this, then we may hope that the Supreme Court comes to a decision fairly quickly to the appeal which has already been built for the appointment of new experts,” answers Grøn….
Original article: Behring Breivik blir tvangsinnlagt
Google translation [edited for clarity]:
Breivik forced committed in Ila
An observation on the Ila has never happened before and will be characterized by improvisation. At what level of the professionals from Dikemark will communicate with Dikemark has not yet been clarified.
Today, even Breivik defenders meet his client behind a glass wall in the prison….
Common practice for compulsory observation is to move the patient to the closed ward of a psychiatric hospital. The observation takes place 24 hours a day for a period of maximum four weeks and is usually not performed by the experts themselves.
The purpose of a hospitalization, the patient must have a qualified management team around him, which compiles records and environmental reports to the committee later access.
According to the Psychologist Specialist Paul Grondahl is the main point of an observation force to see the patient in interaction with others.
“In principle, a person who is under observation forced to participate in activities and routines so that other patients in the hospital. The goal is to see how the person behaves and acts in interaction with other people, Grøndahl previously stated to NRK.”
Original article: Breivik tvangsinnlegges på Ila
Related: Court decision (pdf) in Norwegian
Police questioning of Anders Behring Breivik resumed on Wednesday. The police have not provided a new letter guaranteeing Breivik access to a computer for the duration of his imprisonment, but Breivik has agreed to continue answering questions from the police because he expects that they will follow up on what he perceives an an oral agreement, said Odd Ivar Grøn, one of Breivik’s lawyers, to Aftenposten. He also believes it is important that he explains himself, according to Grøn.
Aftenposten reports that, when confronted with details of the contents of the reported phone threat towards Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and other senior Labor Party politicians in March 2011 in which a male caller mentioned a manifest and shooting AUF members, Breivik denied being the caller. He has previously acknowledged calling the governmental offices at some point, but has said he does not recall the details of this call, and had thus not clarified for the police whether he might have been the March caller.
Grøn told Aftenposten that, after having been given more details of the contents of the reported phone threat, Breivik denied that he made this specific call. Grøn said that Breivik seemed very certain about this. He also said that Breivik does not recall what he said when he did call the governmental offices, but that there is no connection between Breivik’s call and the reported phone threat in March.
Breivik’s main lawyer, Geir Lippestad, previously criticized the police for not investigating the reported phone threat thoroughly as finding out who the caller was could help establish whether someone other than Breivik knew about the plans. Up until now, governmental staff have been searching though the thousands of voice recordings from the time period in question, but the police have now taken possession of the hard drive that contains the voice recordings.
Google translation [edited for clarity]:
Terror-accused denies threat call
Anders Breivik Behring has new police interrogation said that it was not he who phoned in threat call to ministry service in March.
An employee at the switchboard has explained that she received a call, probably in March, where a man made threats and said a manifesto and shooting against AUF-ers. Breivik has previously explained that he called government offices in advance of the attack, but he has said he does not remember what he had said.
In a new interview on Wednesday, Breivik said that he is not behind this particular conversation that should have taken place four months before the terrorist attack.
“He have been given more clarity as to the contents of the particular call and he says it was not he who called this. He seems very sure of this,” says attorney Odd Ivar Grøn to NTB.
“He does not remember what he said when he called, but it should not be any connection between his call and the particular threat conversation,” he said….
Original article: Terror-siktet nekter for trusselsamtale
Related article: March phone threats were made to the Justice Department
Verdens Gang (VG) reported Tuesday evening that court psychiatrist, Torgeir Husby, one of the original court-appointed psychiatrists to examine Anders Behring Breivik, fell ill in court on Monday and was brought to hospital in an ambulance. According to VG, Husby was still hospitalized for observation.
Husby was working as a court-appointed psychiatrist in a murder trial in Oslo District Court (Tingrett) which was being held at the same time and in the same building as the Breivik court proceeding. VG writes that Husby began sweating profusely on his forehead for about half an hour until he vomitted inside the court room. An ambulance was called for at 1:55 p.m.
The court proceeding against Breivik, which Husby was not attending, began at 12:35 p.m. In court, Breivik made a short statement explaining the political reasons for his attacks on 7/22. He also stated that he is working on a newspaper opinion about the psychiatric report. “I am working on a newspaper opinion about the court appointed psychiatric report, which is completely ridiculous and which probably everyone in Norway realizes,” Breivik said.
The initial psychiatric report, written by Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim, has been widely critizied by other professional psychiatrists. Several psychiatrists that attended Monday’s court hearing stated to the media afterwards that, in their view, Breivik displayed no signs of schizophrenia or psychosis.
Was driven away in an ambulance
While the prosecutor read out the gruesome details of the party to call murder case, he suddenly experienced right psychiatrist Torgeir Husby unwell….
Husby had the last half hour before the sudden illness took place, sweating heavily from the forehead, and had to figure out a handkerchief to wipe the sweat.
It was during the review of the forensic psychiatric statement that Husby suddenly became ill.
While the prosecutor Nina Harboe Jensen Søndersrød read out the details that the accused had explained to the psychiatric expert examination by a 4 March 2011, suddenly Husby vomitted in a plastic folder he had on his desk….
Original article: Breivik-psykiater fikk illebefinnende i rettssalen
Related post: Breivik’s statement in court February 6, 2012