Anders Behring Breivik will appear in court tomorrow in Norway, and a new round of media frenzy will almost certainly accompany his appearance.
Our Norwegian correspondent NA sends this brief note about what to expect:
Tomorrow, the 14th of November, Anders Behring Breivik’s custody extension hearing will be held.
He has been allowed to meet in court in person instead of via a media-link from his cell in Ila prison. There they will talk about what crimes he’s being charged with and he will be able to explain himself to a certain degree. For a while it seemed as though he would have to explain himself by video-link from his cell but the supreme court said that he would be allowed to meet in person, which overrode the regional court of Oslo.
This will be a media circus beyond anything ever seen before, given that there are 400 free seats for anyone wishing to stand in line in order to see it. It will be interesting to hear what Breivik has to say in his defence, and his reasons for committing the atrocities on 22nd July. The Counterjihad will most likely end up being accused of all the general -phobias and -isms.
Below is a report from AFP on the same topic:
Norway Gunman Allowed to Appear in Person in Court
The gunman behind the July 22 massacres in Norway will be allowed to appear in court in person instead of via video link for a custody extension hearing next week, the Supreme Court ruled Friday.
“He will be allowed to appear,” Supreme Court spokesman Svein Tore Andersen said.
Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old right-wing extremist being held at the high-security Ila prison near Oslo, is scheduled to appear before a judge at the Oslo district court on Monday for a hearing on the extension of his custody for 12 more weeks.
The lower court recently ruled the hearing would be open to the public but then granted a police request that Behring Breivik, who has confessed to the two attacks that killed 77 people, would appear only via video link.
His appeal against that ruling was first rejected by the appeals court, but on Friday Norway’s highest court found in his favour.
Andersen refused to comment on the grounds cited for the reversal.
According to the NTB news agency however, video links are not permitted in hearings about extended isolation, and although Behring Breivik officially was released from solitary confinement a month ago, the Supreme Court said in practice he was still isolated and therefore must be permitted a physical court appearance.
It remained unclear what additional security measures would need to be taken for the court hearing or how many people could be expected to attend, Oslo district court spokeswoman Irene Ramm told the VG daily’s online edition.
“We don’t know how many might come, but we have a capacity for up to about 400,” she said.