Norwegian Gunman Anders Breivik Is 'Insane' And Took Drugs To Be Strong, Lawyer Says

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Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 26/07/11 13:40 Updated: 25/09/11 11:12

The lawyer for Norwegian gunman Anders Breivik has said he believes his client is insane.

"This whole case indicates that he's insane. He's in a war and he says that the rest of the world, particularly ther Western world don't understand his point of view but in 60 years time we all will understand it," Geir Lippestad told reporters on Tuesday.

"He looks upon himself as a warrior. And he started this war, and takes some kind of pride in that."

He said Breivik was not aware of the death toll from Friday's bombing in Oslo and massacre on the island of Utoya, which left 76 people dead.

Lippestad added that Breivik had expected to be killed before he arrived at the island.

"He was a little surprised he succeeded – in his mind succeeded," the lawyer said. "He was expecting to be stopped earlier by the police or someone else during the actual day. He was surprised that he reached the island. He thought he would be killed after the bombing, after the action in the island, and he also thought he would be killed at the trial. He believes someone will kill him."

Lippestad said it was too early to tell whether his client would enter a plea of insanity, but told the media that Breivik took drugs to be "strong, efficient, awake".

He added that his client was a "very cold" person, who claimed he was part of an anti-Islam network.

"He talks about two cells in Norway, but several cells abroad," Lippestad said.

Breivik has confessed to carrying out the twin attacks but pleaded not guilty to charges of terrorism when he appeared in an Oslo court on Monday.

He told the hearing that he had two other cells in his "organisation". Police are investigating his claim, which contradicts an earlier one in which he said he acted alone.

British police are also working to uncover the extent of Breivik's ties to right-wing extremists in the UK.

He is understood to have met leaders of the far-right English Defence League in March last year when he came to London for the visit of Geert Wilders, the Dutch Right-wing politician.

A senior member of the group, Daryl Hobson, said Breivik had met members of the group, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The paper said another senior member of the EDL said Breivik had been in regular contact with its members via Facebook, and had a "hypnotic" effect on them.

Norwegian police are reportedly considering charging the gunman with crimes against humanity, which carry a possible 30-year sentence, instead of what could otherwise be a maximum 21-year-prison term.

In a press conference on Tuesday, police investigating the attacks said Breivik was on suicide watch, and that they would start to release the names of victims killed in Friday's massacre at 18:00 local time on the website www.politi.no

Officers also responded to criticism of the police response to the attacks, saying it was "difficult to see how we could to better in this case".

"We can take criticism but we are human beings underneath our uniforms," a spokesman said.

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