Anders Behring Breivik Could Be Charged with Crimes Against Humanity
According to prosecutor Christian Hatlo, Norwegian authorities are considering charging Anders Behring Breivik with crimes against humanity.
Anders Behring Breivik is facing terrorism charges that carries a maximum of 21 years of jail time for Friday’s bombing attack in Olso, Norway and shooting rampage shortly after. He has admitted to carrying out these attacks.
Mr. Halto said that charging him with crimes against humanity is only a possibility. Being convicted of this new possible charge can mean 30 years in prison.
Defence lawyer, Geir Lippestad, claims his client is suffering from insanity; believing he is at war, and that his actions will be understood and vindicated in time.
But Lippestad indicated that their line of defense is still being formulated. For now, it’s too early to tell, he said.
So far, only the law on terrorism has been cited but other charges are still being considered, police spokesman Sturla Henreiksboe said.
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