- (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)
Almost a month following the fatal car bomb and gun attacks that killed 77 in Norway, Anders Behring Breivik went back to the scene of the crime to recount his actions during his July 22 “lone-wolf” massacre that stunned the world.
69 of Breivik’s 77 victims, most of them mere teenagers, died on Utoya and police took Breivik back to the island on Saturday in an attempt to recount his actions and establish a fuller picture of how the massacre went down. Breivik wore a red t-shirt, jeans, as well as a bulletproof vest to protect him from possible retaliation attacks. He was also wearing a police leash as he reconstructed his actions.
Pictures and videos have surfaced all over the web showing Breivik lifting his arms in a shooting gesture.
The investigation was tightlipped with over a dozen police officers accompanying Breivik. The 8-hour massacre recount was filmed and will be used in court.
Reports have stated that Breivik seemed emotionally affected by the attacks; however, was also cited as showing “no remorse” for the killings of innocent victims.
According to Norewegian prosecutor Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby the suspect was cooperative. Hjort Karby has said of Saturday’s investigation, “Regarding the suspect’s explanations, he has been interrogated for almost 50 hours prior to this and he has remained calm, detailed and cooperative, which he was also at Utoya.”
Hjort Karby also said, “We feel we have a fairly good overview of how everyone died or was shot now, even though there are still details to fill in.”
Breivik has admitted to the attacks but has pled not guilty because he believed the attacks were necessary to save Norway and Europe from Islamization.
He has called the attacks “gruesome but necessary.”
He faces up to 21 years in prison if convicted under the charges of terrorism but perhaps could stay behind bars indefinitely if deemed a threat to the public.
Meanwhile, on Friday Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg has announced the names of a 10-person independent government-appointed commission that will be responsible for examining the attacks and offering recommendations for avoiding similar attacks in the future.
Commission leader Alexandra Bech Gjerv has stated that the main difficulty ahead of the commission will be to examine the varying and conflicting reports of the massacre while offering clear recommendations from an attack that is anything but clear.