Gunman reverses position, says he did not act alone

Steve Watson
July 25, 2011

After initially stating that he acted alone in carrying out Friday’s massacre, Anders Behring Breivik has now suggested in court that two other “cells” of extremists collaborated with him.

During an initial hearing today, which was closed to both the public and the media, Breivik stated that there are “two more cells in our organisation” that will carry out further attacks.

The information was relayed to reporters via a statement from the Judge presiding over the hearing:

The court further finds that the conditions for remanding the accused in custody have been met, as there is an immediate risk that the accused would tamper with evidence if he were now released. Reference has been made to the accused making statements that require further investigation, including a statement about “two more cells in our organisation”, and as such the investigations must be carried out without the accused being able to interfere with the investigation or to disturb it.

Penal alternatives to the penal code 168 are not applicable in this case. Remanding in custody for up to eight weeks is a proportional measure. The court finds out of consideration to the investigation, the accused not be given the op[portunity to communicate with others [and so Breivik will be denied access to media and prevented from communicating].

The prosecution has also requested complete isolation, with regard of the loss of evidence. The court finds that the seriousness of the case means that the conditions are met. The isolation has been set at four weeks.

Anders Behring Breivik, born 13 February 1979, will be held by the court not beyond 20 September 2011. He will be held in complete isolation until 22 August 2011. That is the ruling.

As the statement outlines, Breivik will be held in isolation for a month to prevent him from interfering in police investigations into potential accomplices or attempting to communicate with them.

Breivik had requested a public circus show trial in which he also wished to appear in a pre world war one national military uniform.

Breivik’s claims that he did indeed have accomplices dovetail with eyewitness reports that at least two killers were involved in the deadly shooting.

The Norwegian VG newspaper has claimed that victims reported shots fired at the summer camp on Utoya island coming from “two different places on the island at the same time.”

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Survivor, Alexander Stavdal said;

“I believe that there were two people who were shooting.”

The witnesses described the second man as a 180-centimeter tall, dark-haired man with Nordic appearance with “a pistol in his right hand and a rifle on his back.”

An anonymous 16-year old girl told VG paper that the gunmen seemed to be in a hurry, but nevertheless “always made sure that their victims were shot dead.”

Further eyewitness accounts described shooting incidents in two different areas on the island, one with a handgun and the other with a ‘sniper rifle’.

There is no indication that the alleged second gunman is related to the story of a second man being seized by special forces in an area where victims’ relatives had gathered on Sunday.

Norwegian Police have said “there are no concrete reports of a second gunman, although we’re not excluding any possibilities”.

A further police press conference is scheduled this afternoon to address the claims of accomplices.

As we have also reported today, despite being portrayed by the media as inept due to the length of time it took them to reach the island of Utoeya, it has now emerged that police knew Breivik’s identity before they even arrested him, raising yet more questions surrounding the attacks.

According to an interview interview with Breivik’s lawyer in the Oslo newspaper Aftenposten, the shooter has said that in 60 years, society will understand why he did what he did.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.

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