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Breivik indictment presented. UDPATED: Norwegian state prosecutors Svein Holden and Inga Bejer Engh read out parts of Anders Behring Breivik’s 19-page indictment today, from what was an extremely detailed and brutal account. Breivik, who was reportedly calm when his defence counsels read him the document in Ila Prison earlier today, is charged with having carried out acts of terror split into two separate parts, Oslo and Utøya. He is also accused of having committed premeditated murder. Under the so-called ‘terror paragraph’, used for the first time in Norwegian history, it is claimed he disturbed basic functions of society, and created serious fear amongst its inhabitants.

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Breivik indictment presented

Published on Wednesday, 7th March, 2012 at 07:12 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 7th March 2012 at 17:01.

UDPATED: Norwegian state prosecutors Svein Holden and Inga Bejer Engh read out parts of Anders Behring Breivik’s 19-page indictment today, from what was an extremely detailed and brutal account.

Explosion damages Oslo buildings
Explosion damages Oslo buildings
Photo: Jordan Strauss/Contributor/Getty Images


Double terror

Breivik, who was reportedly calm when his defence counsels read him the document in Ila Prison earlier today, is charged with having carried out acts of terror split into two separate parts, Oslo and Utøya.

He is also accused of having committed premeditated murder. Under the so-called ‘terror paragraph’, used for the first time in Norwegian history, it is claimed he disturbed basic functions of society, and created serious fear amongst its inhabitants.

Prior to the detonation in Oslo, he had parked the white Volkswagen Crafter van in Oslo’s Grubbegata, near the government headquarters, “at approximately 15:17,” said Mr Holden.

The vehicle contained approximately half-a-ton of explosives, comprised partly of artificial fertiliser, diesel, and aluminium. The device exploded at 15:25.22 after he had lit the fuse and walked away.

At least 250 people were in the building and srrounding ministry offices at the time of the detonation. Approximately a further 75 were present in the immediate area. Eight died due to the explosion, with what are described as “extensive injuries.”

A further nine sustained serious physical damage, and least 200 others had injuries including cuts, fractures, and hearing damage. Some are suffering the effects of psychological damage, said to be "varying degrees of seriousness."

Lethal arsenal

At today’s press conference, Inga Bejer Engh then proceeded to go though events on Utøya following the bombing.

Breivik then drove to the mainland M/S ‘Thorbjørn’ departure point in his escape vehicle, a Fiat Doblo minivan, carrying ammunition and, amongst other things a semi-automatic .233 calibre Ruger Mini 14mm rifle Glock 9mm pistol, and a Benelli-type pump-action shotgun.

564 people were on the island at the time. In addition to Labour Youth (AUF) members, Breivik also shot at people in the water and on boats, causing panic and mortal fear to children, youths, and adults. There were limited possibilities to escape and hide.

Going through what caused the deaths and where they happened, she said 67 of the 69 victims died from a fatal shooting, two as a result falling and/or drowning.

“Most of those killed were between 16 and 19 years of age,” she stated, “34 were 14 to 17-year-olds, 22 were aged 18 to 20.”

Six people were between the ages of 21 and 25, whilst seven were 25-years-old or over. Breivik tried to kill others too, but without success. 33 others were shot and injured, some seriously.

Moreover, “A number of the others on Utøya sustained fractures or cuts in an attempt to save themselves or others. In addition, a large number of persons who were on the island, surviving relatives/next of kin, as well as persons who came to rescue in boats and by other means have suffered mental after-effects of varying gravity as a result of the above-described events,” declared Inga Bejer Engh.

Offensive

Meanwhile, it has still not been decided whether Breivik was sane at the time of the attacks, though this will be under constant review at his trial.

Should his sanity be proven, the Higher Prosecuting Authority will then change the earlier decision to ask he be committed to enforced treatment at a psychiatric institution, into imprisonment or detention in custody.

Defence counsel Geir Lippestad, says questions regarding Breivik’s sanity will form a key part of the terrorist’s defence.

He told NRK, “Two experts believe that he was insane [at the time of his actions], but my client thinks he was sane.”

Mr Lippestad also claims that Breivik’s confession he allowed many young people on Utøya to live is grounds to ask for a reduced sentence.

“It is a fact that he has cooperated with the police all the way. My client has made no secret of what he has done, on the contrary he has been very open,” he said.

Some people, including lawyers representing the victims, believe that asking for a reduced sentence is offensive to the aggrieved and their families.

“I think it’s completely unnecessary. That gives the victims and the bereaved a significant additional burden. It is objectionable because Breivk planned, and brutally murdered several people. It is perceived as being very offensive to victims and their families when the defence brings up extenuating circumstances,” Christian Lundin exclaimed.

Another lawyer, Catherine Grøndahl, believes Breivik’s move will not succeed in light of what she calls his “grotesque actions.”



Published on Wednesday, 7th March, 2012 at 07:12 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 7th March 2012 at 17:01.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, oslobombing, utoeyashootings, breivikcharges.





  
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