Knights Templar Cited In Norway Killings
July 26, 2011 by staff
Knights Templar Cited In Norway Killings, The Norwegian police are considering charging the man who says he carried out the killings last week of 76 people for crimes against humanity, which carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. The new charge against Behring Anders Breivik mean you could serve more than the current faces 21 years for t*rror*sm-related charges after the attack Saturday and two shots, a term that many Norwegians feel is not enough.
Christian Attorney told the newspaper Aftenposten Hatle yesterday that the new office, which became possible after the coming into law in 2008, currently only a “possibility.”
“Police have cited so far … the law against t*rror*sm, but the search for other charges that have not been ruled out,” said police spokesman Henreiksboe Sturla AFP. “No final decision has been taken yet,” he said.
Eskeland Staal, a professor of criminal law at the University of Oslo, said that “to kill a group of civilians in a systematic manner is the basic criteria” for charges of crimes against humanity.
In both cases, the sentence can be extended up to five years at a time if there is a risk of recidivism.
Breivik remained in the public eye yesterday appeared at a court hearing in Norway closed. But he retained the attention of the world where authorities said they were investigating their claims to have worked with “two” terrorist cells.
Breivik astonishing statement comes as a Norwegian court ruled the confessed serial murderer to be held in jail for the next eight weeks, four of them in total isolation, no visits, letters or Internet access.
The strength of the Oslo police is investigating whether the perpetrator of the worst violence in Norway since the Second World War had the help of accomplices ideological or practical. Police said yesterday Breivik has been inconsistent; telling investigators he acted alone and also enlisted the help of “two more cells.”
In his manifesto Breivik says he founded an anti-Muslim “Knights Templar” in London eight years ago. The existence of the group is being investigated by European security officials have said they are aware of the talk of the Internet increased from individuals claiming that they are in the same organization.
“You cannot completely, and I stress completely ruled out that others were involved in what happened,” police said Hatle Christian lawyer.
Breivik said “seemed affected by what happened,” but was willing to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Had admitted carrying out the attacks, but refused to plead guilty.
It also emerged last night that the PST, the Norwegian equivalent of MI5, had the name Breivik watch list in April of 60 people who had bought the chemicals in Poland. However, it was considered too small an amount to justify further investigation.
It is now believed some of the chemicals purchased from Poland were used to make the car bomb.
Police yesterday reduced the final death toll in the shootings of 86 people Utoya at 68, citing the difficult conditions and the confusion after the murders of the previous figure. The total number killed in both attacks is now 76 years after an eighth person died in a bomb blast in Oslo.
More than 90 were injured, many critical gunshot wounds dum-dum bullets which broke on impact.
Tens of thousands of people across Norway attended a vigil Wednesday in memory of those killed.
The meetings were the culmination of a spectacular day that began when angry crowds gathered outside Oslo District Court as Breivik was led through a side entrance below ground in a convoy of armored Mercedes jeeps for their appearance before the court by first time since his arrest.
Dressed in a red jersey, smiled at the spectators Breivik hoping he was expelled after a hearing of 35 minutes.
Justice Minister of Norway, for his part, praised the “fantastic” job of the police, leaving aside the criticism that the police had reacted too slowly when the load was Breivik.
“It’s very important that we have an open and critical attitude … but there is a time for everything,” said Knut Storberget after meeting with the head of the Oslo police, referring to questions, especially in the media the response time of the police.
Utoeya Island where Breivik was terrified young coldly shot a youth camp of the Labour Party.
Police also refused Storberget had ignored the threats posed by fans on the right. “I reject suggestions that we have not had the extreme right under the microscope,” he said.
Many Norwegians seem to agree that the police do not deserve the opprobrium for his response. In a march of over 100,000 in Oslo yesterday, the crowd applauded the rescue teams.
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