Man accused in Norway attacks 'acted with intent of terror' – judge
At a court hearing today, Anders Behring Breivik admitted to Friday's twin attacks, but pleaded not guilty. He will remain in jail as police investigate claims of "two more cells in our organization."
The man accused of twin terrorist attacks in Oslo will remain behind bars for the next eight weeks as police continue their investigation, a judge announced this afternoon after a closed court hearing.
Anders Behring Breivik made his first appearance in an Oslo court today following his arrest on Friday for the huge bombing of government buildings as well as the shooting rampage at a Norwegian Labor Party youth summer camp that killed 76. Authorities today revised the death toll from the original estimate of 93 killed.
"Based on the statement of the accused and the remaining evidence of the case, the court finds it sufficiently proven that the accused acted with an intent of terror," said Judge Kim Heger, reading from the verdict before a bank of TV cameras and news reporters.
Mr. Heger said Mr. Breivik has admitted to carrying out the attacks but has plead not guilty, telling the court he believed the crimes were necessary. Breivik will not be allowed to have any visitors or mail during his stint in jail and for the first four weeks he will be kept in total isolation.
The judge said police must further investigate statements by Breivik, in which he mentioned "two more cells in our organization."
Breivik was not allowed to wear a uniform to the courthouse, as he had requested. Crowds swarmed outside the courthouse to catch their first glimpse of Breivik. After the brief hearing he was driven back to police headquarters where he is being held.