July 27, 2011 by staff
Traumatized Norway, Nervous Norwegians tried to restore normalcy on Wednesday after the mass murder by a fanatical right wing traumatized the nation, but a security alert forced the evacuation of the Oslo station, keeping the nerves. Head of Norway’s national intelligence said he believed Anders Breivik Behring had acted alone in killing 76 people in a bomb attack and shooting spree, and an assertion disputed by the murderer’s lawyer that his client was probably insane.
Oslo Central Station was evacuated after suspicious of a suitcase was found on a bus and all bus and train services were stopped. Police cars, fire trucks and ambulances surrounded the station, but police said after the suitcase was harmless.
“We did not find anything that was of interest to the police,” Chief Superintendent Tore Barstad told reporters, adding that the search of the suitcase had no known link with the attacks on Friday.
Another false alarm, the police retracted an alert seeking a man who identified himself with Mr. Breivik, saying he really wanted to stop a disturbed man with no connection to the murderer.
A cabinet minister was a symbolic return to his office in the government district of Oslo, where Mr. Breivik detonated a powerful homemade bomb that killed eight people Friday.
The bomb blew a hole in the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. For now, going to work from the MoD in another area of?? Oslo and cabinet meetings are held in a medieval fortress near the waterfront. It is unclear whether the 17-story main building will be rebuilt or demolished ministry.
“Glad to be back in my office … to resume more normal job functions,” Management and Rigmor Church minister told reporters Aaserud.
His office in a government compound was damaged slightly. In the construction of Mr. Stoltenberg, who took the brunt of the explosion of a car bomb, the curtains waving a host of broken windows?
Mr. Stoltenberg has earned high marks in opinion poll voters for his handling of the crisis, with 80 percent of Norwegians calculation you performed “very well” according to a survey published in the newspaper Verdens Gang.
The prime minister, who knew some of the victims, has reached the national mood, urging his countrymen with a voice breaking with emotion often unite around democratic values.
Norwegian, not accustomed to violence in a peaceful country of 4.8 million, must now struggle with how to improve security without compromising the freedom and openness of their society.
On Tuesday night police destroyed a stock of explosives found on a farm rented by Mr. Breivik, about 160 kilometers north of Oslo. They made her believe that the use of fertilizer bomb that he had bought on the cover was a farmer.
After the bombing, Mr. Breivik, 32, led to an island hosting a youth camp in the Labour Party and coldly gunned down 68 people, mostly young, before surrendering to armed police.
The lord advocate Breivik, Geir Lippestad, said his client was probably crazy, but it was too early to say whether the solitary and a computer game enthusiast to plead insanity at his trial.
Mr. Breivik has confessed to his actions, but denied guilt, saying it was part of a network with two cells in Norway and abroad that were fighting to save Europe “Christianity” from the spread of Islam and danger of multiculturalism.
But police believe that Mr. Breivik, probably acted alone in organizing the attacks, which have joined the Norwegian repulsion.
“So far we have no evidence of cells, or in Norway or Britain,” said Janne Kristiansen, head of the security police PST, the BBC. Online Manifesto Mr Breivik was referring to a secret meeting in London in 2002 to found a “Knights Templar” group to drive Islam out of Europe.
“I’d be surprised if this person was crazy,” said Kristiansen. “I mean that’s the calculation, which is centered, has been going on with his plan for years, and this is what I have learned a crazy person is going to do.”
The flowers left by the Norwegians to show their sympathy for the victims Mr. Breivik cover Oslo’s main street, Karl Johans Gate. Police said about 200,000 people, one third of the population of the city, attended a memorial service Monday.
Police reopened some streets around the blast site in Oslo, and gradually reopened for business marketers.
Workers at a corner store about 150 meters have been painted plywood boards put in place blowing through the windows.
“Fixing the glass (windows) will take a week or two and the wood is looking better,” said assistant store manager Aykan Bast. “We’ll fix well as before.”
Mr. Breivik, who was imprisoned for eight weeks on Monday, has been charged under the antit*rror*sm law, which carries a maximum penalty of 21 years in prison, but authorities are considering charging him with crimes against humanity.
“We are investigating,” police said Hatle Christian lawyer when asked about possible crimes against humanity charges, which carry a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
In both cases, the sentences can be extended if there is a risk of recidivism, so that Mr. Breivik could be behind bars for the rest of his life. His lawyer said his client expected to.
Mr. Hatle said it was unclear whether legislation to cover crimes against humanity was applicable in the case of Mr. Breivik is.
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