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The father of Anders Behring Breivik, the man allegedly responsible for the Norway atrocities, has said that he wished his son had committed suicide.
Jens Breivik, 76, who is currently staying in a villa in France under armed guard, has said, “I don't feel like his father. How could he just stand there and kill so many innocent people and just seem to think that what he did was OK? He should have taken his own life, too. That's what he should have done.”
He added: “I will have to live with this shame for the rest of my life. People will always link me with him.”
Breivik’s parents were not close with him; Jens last spoke to his son 10 years ago by telephone, and his stepmother Wanda, 71, has never even met him.
They had planned to return to Norway, however, they have decided to stay away for the moment due to the media pressure surrounding them and their relationship with Breivik.
Wanda Breivik has described how she has not slept “a wink since his arrest”, and has told of the trauma she and his father have experienced at the tragic events.
The parents are staying in the extremely rural area of Couranel, which has a population of just 500. Armed police have been designated to patrol the property they are staying at because of fears over reprisal attacks targeted at them due to their relation to Breivik
The Carcassonne prosecutor, Antoine Leroy has said, “Police are stationed outside the house. Jens Breivik and his wife are inside. The police are there to prevent incidents, any disturbance to public order.”
Estranged father Jens divorced Breivik’s mother when he was just one-year-old. In the aftermath Jens fought for custody of Breivik, but lost the case, and their relationship was reduced to just temporary visits in France.
Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the bombing in Oslo and the mass shooting at a youth camp on Utoya island that killed at least 76 people, but he is expected to plead not guilty when he appears in court despite telling his lawyer the atrocities had been "gruesome but necessary.”
He said he "wanted to start a revolution in Norwegian society to defeat liberal immigration policies and the spread of Islam," Norwegian investigators said.