Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Country's first charge of crimes against humanity may be brought against killer

Anders Behring Breivik was "surprised" he was able to carry on shooting students on Utoya island for 90 minutes before police caught him, his lawyer said Tuesday, as he made clear he regarded his client as "insane."

Geir Lippestad said Breivik assumed he would be shot before he even got as far as Utoya, where he killed 68 young members of the Labour Party.

Norwegian police have been heavily criticized for their apparently slow response after they received the first reports of shots being fired.

"He was a little bit surprised he succeeded," Lippestad said. "He was expecting to be stopped earlier by the police or someone else on the day.

"He thought he'd be killed after the bombing, after the action on the island, and he also thought he'd be killed at the trial."

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