Geir Lippestad, who defended Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik, is to publish his account of the trial.
The book, following the trial of the man responsible for the worst peacetime killings in Norway since WWII, is called ‘Det kan vi stå for’ (‘We Can Stand by This’).
Mr Lippestad has spoken previously of his shock at being requested by Breivik shortly after his arrest on 22nd July 2011, the day Breivik murdered 77 people in Oslo and the nearby island of Utøya.
State broadcaster NRK reports the book deals in depth with Mr Lippestad’s reasons for accepting the task, despite heavy criticism from colleagues.
In the introduction, the defence counsel speaks of his unshakeable belief in the value of human life, democracy, and the rule of law.
Mr Lippestad is on record as having reacted with anger to two previous books published in Norway, objecting to the portrayal of Breivik’s mother in ‘En norsk tragedie’ (‘A Norwegian Tragedy’), as well as the publishing of Breivik’s private correspondence in ‘The Private Emails of a Mass Murderer’.
Aschehoug will publish Mr Lippestad's book in April.