Police ignored neighbors’ concerns over Breivik

The farm house of Anders Behring Breivik at Aamot in Hedmark, eastern Norway (AFP Photo / Scanpix Norway / Jo E. Brenden)
Reports are emerging that people living near Breivik’s farm tried to alert the police long before the events in Oslo and Utoya. Meanwhile, his manifesto has revealed that Breivik hoped to escape from jail and carry out another attack.

­Anders Behring Breivik, the main and so far sole suspect of the Oslo bombing and Utoya Island shootings, which claimed the lives of 76 people on July 22, was regarded by most of his neighbors as a regular Norwegian, though maybe a bit too reserved, reports Izvestia daily.

The bomb Breivik detonated in Oslo, killing eight people and injuring dozens of others, is believed to have contained nitrogen-based fertilizer. The Norwegian police believe the suspect used six tons of this substance, which Breivik had been buying under the cover-up of his “farm activities”.

Nevertheless, two local farmers found something suspicious in Breivik’s behavior. One of them, who had closer relations with Breivik due to a contract to get hay from Breivik’s premises, wondered why the latter never invited him into the house and always made sure he’d shut the doors tight. Breivik also showed the man the manifesto. Some time after reading the “absurd” work, the farmer saw Breivik had put opaque glass into the windows of the two houses at the farm. The farmer called the police, who disregarded the claim saying this was Breivik’s private property.

The same reason for not getting involved was provided when another farmer reported Breivik sealing his Fiat truck, adds Izvestia.

Breivik leased the farm in Volta in April this year. The five-acre farm is located on the outskirts of the farming area, away from the other farms.

­“Bonus” attack

­The Norwegian police have found out from Breivik’s manifesto that he was planning one more terror attack, should he manage to break out of jail. The manifesto describes this attack as “a second bonus mission”. The attack had been meant to target a popular area, heavily guarded by police.

The 1,500 page work scrutinized by the Norwegian police for more clues also provided for a smear PR campaign to persuade several key governmental figures to go back on their pro-Islam outlooks.

In his manifesto Breivik did not elaborate exactly who these figures would be as his main mission seemed to be to launch a campaign as such, reports the Norwegian VG Nett newspaper.

Meanwhile, Breivik, who has been sent to the Ila Prison for preliminary detainment, is reported to be demanding improvements to his conditions. He has requested a special menu and a laptop. He also wants to get access to the whistle-blowing site Wikileaks and the text of his manifesto, according to media reports. These requests have been denied.

So far, the police have provided Breivik only with some paper and a pen to prepare his defense for the first hearing. The date of the hearing is yet to be determined, but the hearing is not expected to happen sooner than in 2012, according to the King's General Prosecutor Tor Aksel Busch.

We hope that we can conduct the court trial in the course of next year,” Busch, the country’s highest legal officer, told the Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The indictment for the 32-year-old, who is in solitary custody after acknowledging responsibility for 76 deaths in the shooting spree and bomb attack, “will not be ready before the end of the year,” added Busch.

The court’s decision of July 25 prolonged his term of preliminary detainment to eight weeks. The suspect will spend four weeks of this term in solitary confinement. At the moment, Breivik is charged with terrorism, which could lead to his being behind bars for 21 years if his guilt is proven.

If his actions are considered to be crimes against humanity, Breivik might spend in up to 30 years in prison.

As well as the Norwegian police, Europol is involved in the investigation. Moreover, the Norwegian police have been in touch with the FBI regarding the attacks, reports Associated Press. The details of their communication have not been disclosed.