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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Norwegian police are considering charging Anders Behring Breivik with Crimes against Humanity - 26th July 2011

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Norwegian police are considering charging the man who admitted killing 76 people in Friday's attacks with crimes against humanity, prosecutor Christian Hatlo has said.

Anders Behring Breivik is currently facing terror-related charges carrying a maximum 21-year sentence.

If convicted of crimes against humanity he could receive a 30-year sentence, Mr Hatlo told the Aftenposten newspaper.

The defence lawyer says the case indicates his client is insane.

However the lawyer, Geir Lippestad, told reporters that it was too early to decide what line of defence would be chosen.

He said Mr Breivik believed he was in a war and that he would be vindicated in 60 years' time.

Prosecutor Christian Hatlo told Aftenposten that a new charge of crimes against humanity, which could be brought under a 2008 law, was currently only "a possibility".

Police spokesman Sturla Henreiksboe told AFP news agency: "Police have so far cited... the law on terrorism but seeking other charges has not been excluded."

Later on Tuesday, police are due to formally release the names of the victims.

Meanwhile Norwegian Justice Minister Knut Storberget has praised the "fantastic" work done by police.

"I had the opportunity to thank police in Oslo and other districts and other organs," Justice Minister told reporters after talks with Oslo's police chief. Read More