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Norway Killer Claims He 'Had English Mentor'
Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik has told his trial in Oslo he had an "English mentor" who he met during a visit to London in 2002.
Breivik spoke about the meeting on the third day of his trial as he was being questioned about his claims he had contacts with other extremists ahead of the murderous rampage that left 77 people dead.
The 33-year-old said he met four nationalists, including the so-called mentor named "Richard", describing it as a "founding" session.
He said they were "some of most brilliant political and military tacticians of Europe".
Breivik was repeatedly confrontational when asked to provide details about the nationalists he says he contacted in Norway and abroad.
"I have told more to police than I wanted to about the networks," he said. "It is not in my interest to shed light on anything that could lead to other arrests."
Sky's Michelle Clifford, reporting from outside court, said the prosecution "are attempting to portray Breivik as something of a fantasist".
"You could see on his face that he was getting agitated by the prosecution basically saying 'you are a liar, you are making this up'," she said.
"You get a very clear sense of the prosecution's strategy in terms of his assertion of wider links. They are simply trying to portray him as someone making it up."
Breivik says he is an "ultra-nationalist" and his killing spree was aimed at provoking a culture war to prevent Norwegian culture from being "deconstructed" by a "Marxist and multicultural" elite.
He insists that he is sane and denies that his actions were criminal.
If found sane, Breivik faces a jail term of just 21 years. However, this could then be extended indefinitely if he is still considered a threat to society.
If found insane, he could be sentenced to closed psychiatric care, possibly for life.
Breivik said on Wednesday that the court should free him or sentence him to death. He added that he agreed with a lay judge who was removed from the panel for posting on Facebook that he believed Breivik should be put to death.
Breivik said he was too afraid to contact nationalists at home because of the small groups involved and the risk of intelligence officers discovering him. He did, however, make contact with one on the internet by chance.
He claimed that he travelled to Liberia for two or three weeks in 2001 to meet a Serb extremist, inventing cover stories that he was there as a Unicef worker or to buy diamonds.
Breivik described the Serb, who was not named in court, as "a military hero fighting Muslims" but the prosecution said he was a war criminal.
The Serb was one of the four men who took part in the London meeting in April of the following year, Breivik said.
Prosecutors began the day by questioning him about the Knights Templar network, in which Breivik claims to have been a commander of a "one-man cell".
The prosecution claims that the network does not exist, but Breivik said the name was conceived while in London.
He estimated that it had between 15 and 20 members and described his mentor "Richard" as "a perfect knight".
Asked about his claims that there were two other Knights Templar cells in Norway, he answered that they were ready stage attacks on Oslo at any time.
Prosecutors, however, said in a news conference at the end of the day that they did not believe there were any more cells
He also said that the 1,500-page manifesto he wrote before the July 22, 2011 attack originated in London.
Parts of the manifesto, referring to his contacts with other nationalists, including planned training courses, were read out in courtroom 250.
Breivik described the document as a "draft" and said that some of the language in it might seem "ridiculous".
He refused to answer questions about why he had been asked to write the document and whether anyone else had been involved in the draft.
Breivik killed eight people and injured more than 200 in his first attack which targeted Oslo's government district with a 950kg car bomb.
He then killed 69 people and injured another 33 on the island of Utoya, where the youth wing of the country's Labour Party was holding its annual summer camp.
what do you think?
Appeasement breeds extremism
It can do!
He probably saw what labour has done to the uk and cracked
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Barry and Keith, if you don't like it in the UK then go and live somewhere else!
Your wrong karmaniac it is not a case of "Go and live somewhere else". Its a case of get this country back to its best for the indigenous population born here regardless of colour or creed!!!!
By any criteria this guy is a nutter regardless of what the so called experts say..
He is not insane as such, but fully believes in his warped ideology - those who who ran the death camps in Germany (sorry orange won't let me use the word N ... ) fully believed in what they were doing, and going further back it was widely held that the poor were poor because of some deficiency in themselves. That said, he should spend the rest of his life in prison, or, even better, face a firing squad, although this would pander to his belief in himself as a crusader.
No dont shoot him thats way to quick...put him in a funny farm for the rest of his life.
Quite correct, Janet, and not only the fascists of Germany, the imperialists of Britain and America held that people of a different colour were subhuman which excused them slaughtering them and subjugating them for their land and resources, pretending they were bringing 'civilisation' to these countries.
It's probably true. He probably met some mercenaries. Britain is full of those. Going 'round the World, sponsored by governments to fight ... dirty wars, I think they call them. Nobody's gonna be able to just go and blow up a town centre, then go to a holiday island and shoot lots of kids without someone telling 'em how to.
He describes his English mentor as 'Richard' the 'perfect knight'. Clearly in his own mind he's thinking of Richard the Lionheart, but in reality the other people at the meeting in London were probably either taking part in a game of Dungeons & Dragons, or it was a meeting of the UK World of Warcraft fan club, a game that he played for an enormous amount of time during his self-imposed exile from society!! Also, how can you be the commander of a one-man cell? I'm afraid he's playing straight into the hands of the prosecution who have already booked his room at the funny farm.
I reckon his mentor was Nick griffen
I reckon you could well be right there Robert. Either Nick Griffin or Stephen Lennon (the EDL guy)!
It's a matter of record he had contacts with the EDL which, of course, they deny. But let's wait and see, maybe one of the EDL nutters will do something similar (hopefully not, and certainly not on the same scale). But some of the blame must be taken by our political class - the three main parties and such organisations as UKIP who have used issues like immigration and immigrants to hide their failed policies behind, fed through by the disgusting millionaire-owned tabloid press.
He'd like someone else to execute him then? If he beleived the death penalty was appropriate for what he'd done, he could have saved a lot of people distress, not to mention time and money, if he'd pulled the trigger on himself. Big brave man to kill children, not quite so tough at turning the gun on himself. Lying, cowardly fantasist - let's hope rots slowly.
Actually, I don't doubt that if he had decided to shoot himself, he would indeed of done it. The psychology of most others who have done a similar thing is to kill themselves last. The reason he didn't is now blindingly obvious, he wants to get his message across to maximum effect!
Robert , i tend to agree with you ... think you could well be right !!
Whoever his "mentor" was, this is one unhinged pimple of a man. Can we believe the garbled ramblings of a twisted mass-murderer about anything?! This is probably another scheme to ensure he is locked up in a secure hospital rather than a prison. Grr!
Horrified to read that law "professionals" are rambling about their cases on Fakebook...
Can anybody explain why Orange censor the word N_z_ (as in Hitler's political party) but not 'fascist'?