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Monday, July 25, 2011
TERROR ON NORWAY-PHOTOS: 'Publicity-hungry' Norway suspect arrives in court!
Two armoured police vehicles, one of which is believed to carry Anders Behring Breivik, bring the 32-year-old Norwegian suspect to an Oslo courthouse - AFP.
The 32-year-old Norwegian suspected of killing as many as 93 people in a bombing and shooting rampage arrived on Monday in a closed Oslo courtroom for his first remand hearing, state media reported.
News agency NTB said Anders Behring Breivik was to face arraignment, with judge Kim Heger to decide on the prosecutor's call for him to be placed in detention for eight weeks as the investigation proceeds.
That is double the normal, renewable period.
NTB said the vehicle bringing Behring Breivik into the courthouse arrived through a back entrance, leading to the basement of the building.
People waiting to catch a glimpse of him cried 'traitor' and 'bloody killer', the agency said.
Behring Breivik's lawyer, Geir Lippestad, came in through the main entrance, having to force a passage through hundreds of journalists waiting since early morning.
Police have said a trial could be a year away. The maximum jail term in Norway is 21 years, although that can be extended if there is a risk of repeat offences.
"In theory he can be in jail for the rest of his life," said Staale Eskeland, professor of criminal law at the University of Oslo.
Craving for publicity
Breivik, a self-confessed mass killer, has said through his lawyer that he wants to explain his motives at the hearing.
Breivik was once a member of the party, but left complaining it was too politically correct. It was then he began scheming to 'resist', burying ammunition more than a year ago, weight-lifting, storing up credit cards and researching bomb-making while playing online war games.