Monday, July 25, 2011

Anders Behring Breivik Denied a Public Hearing as he Arrives for Court - 25th July 2011

The Norwegian man accused of killing at least 93 people in a shooting massacre and car bombing has arrived at court in Oslo.

According to reports, Anders Behring Breivik had asked for an open hearing so he can explain his actions to the public.

But the judge ruled the court would be closed to the public and media after police and prosecutors voiced concerns he might try to send coded messages to fellow extremists.

In a statement the court said: "It is clear that there is concrete information that a public hearing with the suspect present could quickly lead to an extraordinary and very difficult situation in terms of the investigation and security."

More than 60,000 had signed up to a Facebook page called "Shut the doors on Monday", calling on the court to deny Breivik the publicity he craves.

A huge crowd of media and members of the public gathered outside Oslo Court House in anticipation of the Norwegian's appearance.

It is believed he entered the building through the back door but was still met by a mass of angry people.

Breivik, 32, had asked if he can wear a uniform, although he did not specify what it would be. He was dressed as a policeman when he carried out the shootings.

Prosecutors have said they want eight weeks to prepare their case.

None of his victims has been named except for one - 51-year-old Trond Berntsen, the stepbrother of crown princess Mette-Marit. Source