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Lawyer reveals Breivik's 'demands'

The lawyer defending the confessed killer in Norway's twin terror attacks has revealed that his client has presented a long list of "unrealistic" demands.

These include the resignation of the government and that his mental condition be investigated by Japanese specialists.

Geir Lippestad said Anders Behring Breivik is linking these demands to his willingness to share information about two other alleged terrorist cells that Breivik has mentioned during questioning.

Mr Lippestad said the 32-year-old Norwegian wants to be investigated by Japanese specialists because "the Japanese understand the idea and values of honour".

The July 22 bombing in Norway's government quarter in Oslo and a shooting massacre at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya island killed 77 people.

Mr Lippestad said Breivik has two lists of demands. One consists of requests common among inmates such as for cigarettes and civilian clothing. The other is "unrealistic, far, far from the real world and shows he doesn't know how society works", said Mr Lippestad.

Mr Lippestad said his client has demanded complete political reform, in which he wants to be assigned a key role.

"His demands here includes the complete overthrowing of both the Norwegian and European societies," he said, noting it includes the resignation of the Norwegian government but declined to give further details. "But it shows that he doesn't understand the situation he's in."

Breivik claims he carried out the attacks as part of a network of modern-day crusaders - the Knights Templar - to launch a revolution against a Europe spoiled by Muslim immigration, and that there are other cells ready to strike.

Investigators say they have found no signs of a larger conspiracy. Still, they are searching his computer and mobile phone records for any signs of contact with other right-wing extremists who may have helped or influenced him.


From Belfast Telegraph