NORWEGIAN KILLER REBUFFS QUESTIONS ON "KNIGHTS TEMPLAR" GROUP
- Irritated Anders Behring Breivik refused to answer prosecutors' questions Wednesday, April 18 about the anti-Muslim militant group he claims to belong to, as his trial on terror charges for the massacre of 77 people entered its third day, The Associated Press reports.
Prosecutors have said they believe Breivik's so-called "Knights Templar" group doesn't exist "in the way he describes it." Breivik insists it does, and said police just hadn't done a good enough job in uncovering it.
The issue is of key importance in determining Breivik's sanity, and whether he's sent to prison or compulsory psychiatric care for the bomb-and-shooting massacre that shocked Norway on July 22.
Breivik claims to have carried out the attacks on behalf of the organization, which he describes as a militant nationalist group fighting a Muslim colonization of Europe.
Prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh pressed the 33-year-old Norwegian about details on the group, its members and its meetings. Breivik claimed to have met a Serb "war hero" living in exile during a trip to Liberia in 2001, but he refused to identify him.
The main point of his defense is to avoid an insanity ruling, which would deflate his political arguments.
One psychiatric evaluation found him psychotic and "delusional," while another found him mentally competent to be sent to prison.
If found mentally sane, Breivik could face a maximum 21-year prison sentence or an alternate custody arrangement that would keep him locked up as long as he is considered a menace to society.
If declared insane he would be committed to psychiatric care for as long as he's considered ill. Breivik admits he set off a bomb outside the government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight, then drove to Utoya island outside the capital and massacred 69 people in a shooting spree at the governing Labor Party's youth summer camp on Utoya island. On Tuesday he boasted that it was the most "spectacular" attack by a nationalist militant since World War II.
He said his victims - mostly teenagers - were not innocent but legitimate targets because they were representatives of a "multiculturalist" regime he claims is deconstructing Norway's national identity by allowing immigration.
- 1862 Birth of H.F.B. Lynch in London of Irish parentage. Besides his study of law, he became noted as a writer, a geographer, a politician, and a traveller, with a keen interest in Armenia. His two-volume book on his Armenia travels is a classic and describes life in Armenia at the end of the 19th century. In 1906, he was elected to serve as a member of the British Parliament. (He died in London on 1913 11 24).
- 1877 The Yerevan detachment of the Russian forces, headed by General Ter-Ghukasov, occupies Bayazet for 12 days with the help of Armenian home guards.
- 1933 Death of Avetik Sahakian (Father Abraham), the Parliamentary President of the First Armenian Republic.
- 1953 The administrative districts of Yerevan, Kirovakan, and Leninakan are dissolved.
- 1958 Inauguration of the Armenian SSR's Art Institute.