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Breivik trial Day 27: Senior officer admits to gaps in police knowledge. On day 27 of the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, the court proceedings focused on the police investigation of the murders in Oslo and on Utøya on 22nd July 2011. First to take the stand was chief investigator Kenneth Wilberg. He explained that the aim was to understand Breivik's life from birth to the moment of the perpetrator’s arrest. “Our task has been to find out what happened, where it happened, and why. At the start it was also to try to prevent possible further criminal action.”

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Breivik trial Day 27: Senior officer admits to gaps in police knowledge

Published on Wednesday, 30th May, 2012 at 22:38 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.
Last Updated on 30th May 2012 at 23:02.

On day 27 of the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, the court proceedings focused on the police investigation of the murders in Oslo and on Utøya on 22nd July 2011.

Reporters outside Oslo District Court
Reporters outside Oslo District Court
Photo: ©2012 Geetika Nautiyal/The Foreigner


First to take the stand was chief investigator Kenneth Wilberg. He explained that the aim was to understand Breivik's life from birth to the moment of the perpetrator’s arrest.

“Our task has been to find out what happened, where it happened, and why. At the start it was also to try to prevent possible further criminal action.”

Wilberg informed the court that he was certain that Breivik had no accomplices, and that over 200 detectives and 1,000 police officers had been involved in the investigation. 219 people have been interviewed in relation to the case.

He also admitted that the police had failed to identify possible key witnesses.

The police had not managed to track down three of the 55 people named in Breivik's “manifesto”.

The leader of Breivik's defence team, Geir Lippestad, asked what they had discovered about the Knights Templar, of whom Breivik claimed to be a member.

“As we know he claims that there are two forms: in the first hearing he said that it's a pan-European organisation, but in November he said that was a pompous claim. It was more a group of four people. So which form was investigated?” asked Lippestad.

“The claim is that there was a founding meeting in London, and the trips to the Baltic,” Wilberg replied.

“So the investigation was into whether there was a meeting in May 2002 or not?”

“There is, amongst other things, a trip to the Baltic, and whether there was another motive for the trips than the accused claims,” answered Wilberg.

The police had also struggled to form a complete picture of Breivik's Internet activity. Officers had analysed this, including email contact and the hours he spent online playing social computer games.

They had interviewed a number of his fellow Norwegian players of ‘World of Warcraft’.

Nevertheless, in his testimony, Wilberg said they could not be certain to have all the relevant information. They did not have records of time spent playing social games, nor of all contact Breivik might have had while online or via email.

“We don't have full oversight over the Internet, but this documents what we have found,” Wilberg told the court.

“Why don't you have full oversight?” asked state prosecutor Svein Holden.

“It's the Internet. We can't have full oversight of everything. But we have done a lot, as this shows.”



Published on Wednesday, 30th May, 2012 at 22:38 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.
Last updated on 30th May 2012 at 23:02.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, breiviktrialoslo, oslodistrictcourt, utoeyashootings, utoya.





  
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