Lawyer: Norway Attacker Makes ‘Unrealistic’ Demands

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The Norwegian man who has confessed to killing 77 in the twin attacks in his country last month has presented a list of demands he wants to exchange for sharing information about his alleged crime.

The defense lawyer for Anders Behring Breivik told reporters Tuesday that his client has made a long list of “unrealistic” demands that show he does not know how society works. Attorney Geir Lippestad said that among the demands is the complete overthrow of European societies.

Lippestad described Breivik as a cold person, who justifies the mass killing of young people in one of the attacks on a youth camp as a necessary part of war against a Muslim invasion of Europe. He said his client has demanded to be examined by a Japanese psychiatrist because he believes the Japanese understand the idea and values of honor better than Europeans.

Police prosecutor Christian Hatlo Tuesday said police are still trying to determine if Breivik acted alone. During questioning, Breivik has indicated he carried out the attacks as part of an anti-Muslim movement.

If convicted of terrorism charges, Breivik could face up to 21 years in prison. But alternative arrangements could keep him behind the bars longer.

Breivik was a member of the anti-immigrant Progress Party between 1999 and 2006. Party leader Siv Jensen told the Associated Press Tuesday that Breivik's anti-Muslim views are “perversely unique” and not linked to her party.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday attended the funeral of Somali-Norwegian Mona Abdinur, one of the youths attending the camp that was organized by the Labor Party. She was one of 69 people Breivik allegedly gunned down after killing eight with a bomb set off in Oslo's government complex.