Norway killer tells judge “two more cells” exist

OSLO,  (Reuters) – Anders Behring Breivik told a  Norwegian judge today his bombing and shooting rampage that  killed scores aimed to save Europe from a Muslim takeover, and  said that “two more cells” existed in his organisation.
Breivik’s remarks at the closed-door custody hearing were  relayed by the judge, Kim Heger, at a news conference.
The killer has previously said he acted alone and police had  earlier said they were trying to confirm this.
But after Breivik’s claim about other cells, police attorney  Christian Hatlo said “we cannot completely rule out” the  possibility that others were involved in Friday’s attacks.
Police revised the death toll downwards to 76 from 93,  saying eight people were now known to have died in the bomb  blast in central Oslo, and 68 on the island of Utoeya.
It was not clear whether Breivik is in fact part of an  organisation, although he has written about a revival of the  Knights Templar, a medieval order of crusading monks.
After the hearing, Heger said he had ordered Breivik  detained in solitary confinement for eight weeks, with no  letters, newspapers or visits, except from a lawyer.
The detention, in line with a request from prosecutors, will  allow them to investigate the case against Breivik.
Jeering crowds awaited Breivik at Oslo District Court.
“Get out, get out!” shouted Alexander Roeine, 24, banging on  a police car he wrongly believed contained the mass killer. In  fact police brought Breivik through a side entrance.
“Everyone here wants him dead,” Roeine said, adding that he  knew one of the dead and three survivors of the attacks.
Breivik had wanted to explain in public why he perpetrated  modern-day Norway’s worst peace-time massacre. He was denied a  public platform, but the judge, in his news conference, gave an  account of what the accused 32-year-old had said.
Heger said Breivik had accused the ruling Labour Party of  betraying Norway with “mass imports of Muslims”.
He said his bombing of government buildings in Oslo and  massacre at a summer camp for Labour’s youth wing was aimed at  deterring future recruitment to the party.
“The goal of the attack was to give a strong signal to the  people,” the judge quoted Breivik as saying.
Breivik’s custody can be extended before his trial on  terrorism charges. Police say the trial could be a year away.
“We want to see him really hurt for what he did,” said Zezo  Hasab, 32, among a crowd who gave Breivik a furious reception.
After the hearing, a police jeep drove away carrying an  unshaven Breivik, with close-cropped blond hair and wearing a  red jumper with a lighter red shirt underneath.
Norwegians held a minute’s silence for Breivik’s victims.
“In remembrance of the victims … I declare one minute’s  national silence,” Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said on the  steps of Oslo University, flanked by Norway’s king and queen.
The silence stretched to five minutes as thousands more  stood around a carpet of flowers outside nearby Oslo cathedral.  Only squawking seagulls and a barking dog broke the silence.
“This is a tragic event to see all these young people dying  due to one man’s craziness. It is important to have this minute  of silence so that all the victims and the parents of the  families know that people are thinking about them,” said  mechanic Sven-Erik Fredheim, 36, shortly before the silence.
Breivik planted a bomb on Friday outside Stoltenberg’s Oslo  office which killed eight, then drove to the wooded island of  Utoeya and shot dead 68 at the Labour Party youth camp.
In a rambling 1,500-page tract posted online just before the  massacre, Breivik explained how violence was needed to rescue  Europe from Islam, immigration and multi-culturalism.
If he survived his assault and was arrested, this would  “mark the initiation of the propaganda phase”, he wrote.
His lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said: “He has been politically  active and found out himself that he did not succeed with usual  political tools and so resorted to violence.”
The judge’s decision to close the hearing to the public  followed an outcry from Norwegians enraged at the possibility   that Breivik would be allowed a public platform for his views.
A Facebook group called “Boycott Anders Behring Breivik”  carried the message: “He has planned this stage, to get  propaganda. Do NOT let him get that freedom … Boycott all  media describing the Norwegian terrorist and his beliefs.”
The maximum jail term in Norway is 21 years, although that  can be extended if there is a risk of repeat offences. “In  theory he can be in jail for the rest of his life,” said Staale  Eskeland, professor of criminal law at the University of Oslo.

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