ARAB TIMES, SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012
More evidence about gunman:
Fresh evidence has emerged indicating that
French authorities could and perhaps should
have stopped Islamist gunman Mohamed
Merah before he killed seven people in
Toulouse in March.
Friday’s edition of Le Monde reports that
Merah, whose victims included three
Jewish children, made nearly 2,000 tele-
phone calls between September 2010 and
February 2011, of which one in ten were to
people located in a total of 20 foreign coun-
The revelation comes from declassified
security documents which the daily said it
During the time that his calls were being
called or texted num-
bers in Egypt at lead
94 times. Other calls
were made to
Britain, Spain, Ivory
Croatia and Bhutan,
according to the doc-
Other sections of
the declassified doc-
Merah uments that were
released to families
of the victims earlier this month indicated
that Merah was under surveillance from the
end of 2009 and that his behaviour was
classed “worrying” in late 2011. (AFP)
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French police cleared: Police in riot-
hit Amiens have been cleared of provoking
two nights of unrest that devastated part of
the northern French city earlier this month.
Residents of Amiens’ northern quarter
have claimed rioting that caused six million
euros ($7.5 million) worth of damage and
left 17 police officers injured was triggered
by heavy-handed policing of a funeral and
wake in the neighbourhood on Sunday
Police chiefs ordered an internal investi-
gation which has now concluded that the
officers involved had acted appropriately
and within guidelines. Self-confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik raises his fist in a right wing salute after being sentenced to 21 years in prison, in court room 250 at Oslo District Court on Aug 24. (AFP)
In particular, the arrest of a man who
was driving on the wrong side of the road
was “legitimate and necessary,” a prelimi-
nary report said.
The arrest of the man triggered a con-
frontation between police and dozens of
youths who had been at the wake for a 20-
year-old who died in a motorcycle accident
the previous week. (AFP)
❑ ❑ ❑ Norway mass killer won’t appeal his verdict
Berlin trained Belarus forces:
Germany’s interior ministry said Friday it
had trained scores of members of Belarus’s
security forces because it believed the for-
mer Soviet republic was becoming more
Breivik found sane, sentenced to jail
The statement came after a newspaper OSLO, Aug 24, (AFP): Norway’s mass
report said that at least 100 security force
members from Belarus — whose hardline
killer Anders Behring Breivik was
found sane and sentenced to 21 years in Jail term fulfilled mass killer’s fervent wish
President Alexander Lukashenko’s is prison on Friday for a bloodbath that
often referred to as “Europe’s last dictator” left 77 people dead, traumatised the
— had taken part in training sessions in
Germany between 2008 and 2011.
“The German government intensified its
nation and shocked the world.
The jail term can be reviewed and
extended indefinitely if Breivik — a far-
Breivik smiles as he is sent to prison
dialogue with the Belarussian government right extremist responsible for a bomb OSLO, Aug 24, (AFP): A smug national journalists and camera- sionally sipping water, as the pre-
between 2008 and 2010 because there were smile crossed the face of men. siding judges read out the lengthy
signs that Minsk was ready to implement attack and peacetime Europe’s deadliest
gun rampage — is deemed a continued Norwegian mass killer Anders Under Norwegian law, the period of justification for the sentence.
democratic reforms and conform to rule of Behring Breivik as an Oslo court on incarceration can be reviewed and Lawyers, police and relatives
law,” Philipp Spauschus, a spokesman for The dead body of an Italian organ- threat to society.
Breivik said he would not appeal the Friday found him legally sane and extended if the killer is deemed a con- and friends of the dead quietly fol-
the German interior ministry, told a press ized crime boss, Gaetano Marino, sentenced him to 21 years in jail. tinued threat to society. Few people lowed the proceedings in the heav-
conference. (AFP) lies near a car as a forensic police- prison sentence, his lawyer said. He had
wished to be found sane so that his For the self-styled Nordic warrior expect Breivik to ever walk free ily guarded courtroom, which was
❑ ❑ ❑ man stands in front of him in against the “Muslim invasion” of again. purpose-built for Breivik’s trial.
Terracina, central Italy. Authorities Islamophobic and anti-multicultural
Man fined $75,000: A 68-year-old real ideology would not be considered the Europe who murdered 77 people, Minutes before the verdict, when Among them were leaders and
are searching for two men who shot the prison term, rather than closed Breivik entered the courtroom members of the Labour Party’s
estate broker in Germany is paying dearly and killed Marino who was vacation- rantings of a lunatic.
for insulting another man in a dispute over psychiatric treatment, fulfilled a fer- dressed in a dark suit and grey tie, he youth wing — the target of Breivik’s
ing on a beach with his family south On July 22, 2011, Breivik started his vent wish. had raised his clenched fist in a right- mass slaughter on Utoeya island
a parking space. of Rome Thursday. (AP) rampage when he set off a van bomb in
Die Welt newspaper says a Hamburg He has said that being sent to a wing salute as soon as court security — who could be seen hugging one
Oslo that killed eight people and then mental ward — as urged by state officers released his handcuffs. another at the start of the hearing.
court fined the defendant 60,000 euros
($75,312) Thursday for using an offensive took 69 more lives, mostly teenagers’, prosecutors — would have been a Breivik has previously explained One of the presiding judges of
word. in a shooting frenzy at an island summer fate “worse than death”, believing it that the “clenched fist symbolises the five-member panel, Arne Lyng,
The paper said the defendant had jumped camp near the capital. would have discredited his world strength, honour and defiance recounted how “heartbreaking
the line for a parking space before the argu- A five-member panel at the Oslo view and reduced it to the ravings against the Marxist tyrants of scenes unfolded as people ran, hid
ment erupted. District Court unanimously found of a lunatic. Europe”, whom he blames for pro- or swam for their lives” on that day
It said the fine was based on the man’s Breivik guilty of “acts of terror”, ending When the sentence was read, a moting multiculturalism and creat- 13 months ago.
estimated monthly income. a spectacular 10-week trial for low mutter rumbled through the ing a “Eurabia”. “In some cases the living and the
Die Welt quoted the judge as saying it Norway’s worst post-World War II mas- courtroom, which was packed with The killer then sat in court most- dead lay side by side. ... Some pre-
was probably the biggest fine ever handed sacre. survivors of the July 22, 2011, mas- ly impassively, fiddling with a pen tended to be dead while others
down in Hamburg for an insult. “The ruling is unanimous,” presiding sacre and friends and relatives of — the flexible kind that cannot be begged for their lives. Many hyper-
The man’s lawyer denied he had used the judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen told the dead, as well as a host of inter- used as a weapon — and occa- ventilated,” he said.
insult, but said that if he had “it would have the court, packed with emotional sur-
been so quiet that nobody would have Hollande Sarkozy vivors and relatives of victims. “He is
heard.” (AP) sentenced to prison for 21 years, with a She was one of the few who ques- The main question the court had to the Ottoman empire from taking over
❑ ❑ ❑ tioned the sanity ruling, saying “no one answer was whether Breivik, a self- Europe.
Confidence slips minimum of 10 years.”
Breivik, wearing a dark suit with a in their right mind would do this.” styled Nordic warrior against Europe’s She recounted that Breivik called
Crime boss shot dead: Authorities Others took to Twitter immediately. “Muslim invasion” and multicultural- himself the “cell commander”, “knight”
were searching Friday for a gunman who white shirt and a grey tie, smiled as the
Confidence in French President verdict was read out in court. Viljar Hansse, who survived a bullet to ism, was sane and could be held respon- or “perfect foot soldier” of a clandestine
shot and killed an organized crime boss the head in the shooting spree, tweeted: sible for his actions. group called the Knights Templar, the
clad in a swimsuit as he walked from a Francois Hollande has slipped in the
three months since his election, a sur- Salute “Finished. Period.” Breivik, who laid out his hateful name of an order of Crusaders during
beach to join his family at a hotel in a resort
town south of Rome. vey showed on Friday, as the leader of Minutes earlier, after his handcuffs Another Utoeya island survivor, world view in a rambling 1,500-page the Middle Ages.
Gaetano Marino — a boss from the the euro zone’s second-largest econo- were removed, he had raised his Ingrid Nymoen, said in a short message: online manifesto, was diagnosed with But the judge said the court “has
Neapolitan Camorra — was hit by at least my faces a slew of criticism upon his clenched fist in a far-right salute, as he “This crap is finally over. Life can start paranoid schizophrenia and declared found no evidence for the existence of
four shots to the head and another five or return from his summer break. had done often during the trial. now.” criminally insane after his arrest for the the Knights Templar” group Breivik
six to his back Thursday afternoon after he Only 49 percent of respondents to a Knut Storberget, who was Norway’s “It’s a good and correct ruling,” deadly rampage. claimed to have co-founded.
left the beach en route to his hotel in CSA-Les Echos poll said they had justice minister at the time of the tabloid VG wrote in an editorial on its However, a public outcry led to a sec- The court also heard about the
Terracina, 100 kms (60 miles) south of confidence in Hollande’s leadership, a attacks, hailed the sentence, telling tele- online edition, adding that Breivik ond assessment which found him legal- lengths Breivik went to to plot his
Rome in Lazio region. His family had gone fall of 5 points from last month. vision channel TV2: “It’s a good basis “knew what he was doing, that it was ly sane, an opinion shared by most attacks.
ahead of him back to the hotel, police said. Those who said they had no confi- for him to stay in prison for the rest of evil.” Norwegians according to surveys. Judge Arne Lyng said Breivik took
The shooting caused panic along the dence in the Socialist president just his life.” Prosecutor Svein Holden had steroids, worked out at a fitness centre
over 100 days into his term, made up An expert psychiatrist monitoring the
crowded beach, and witnesses told police “It’s the heaviest sentence he could Breivik case agreed. called for him to be sent to closed and went on hikes with a backpack full
the gunman fled the scene in a small gray 47 percent of those polled, with 4 per- psychiatric care, arguing that “it of rocks, Lyng said.
cent undecided. get.” “Breivik showed a high degree of
car driven by a second man. Norway’s penal code does not have consistency during his detention,” would be worse to sentence some- In the days before the attacks, he
Marino, 48, headed the Scissionisti , or It was the second poll in August to
reflect the uphill challenges facing the death penalty or life in prison, and Kjersti Narud told Norwegian news one who is psychotic to prison than started taking a cocktail of ephedrine,
"secessionists" clan, which had fought a the maximum prison term for Breivik’s to send someone who is not psy- caffeine and aspirin — a stimulant mix
bloody turf war in the streets of Naples for Hollande in tackling domestic prob- agency NTB.
lems such as high unemployment and charges is 21 years. However, inmates “I can’t rule out that he might have chotic to psychiatric care.” with an effect similar to that of amphet-
years with the rival Di Lauro clan over con- Judge Arntzen recounted Breivik’s amine that boosts confidence, the will-
trol of drug trafficking. (AP) a stagnant economy, while finding who after that are still considered a been suffering from psychosis at the
ways to restore euro zone confidence threat to society can be held indefinite- time of the attacks, but if he was, it Oslo childhood, his later failed business ingness to take risks and leads to
❑ ❑ ❑ by slashing 33 billion euros from next ly. ventures, including selling fake diplo- “increased risk of aggression and vio-
could not have been extreme enough to
Pregnant by Berlusconi: A German year’s budget to meet crucial deficit Most Norwegians wanted Breivik to exempt him from criminal responsibili- mas, and a trip to Liberia, before he lence” according to experts, Lyng
starlet known as "Queen Bee" for her targets. be found sane and responsible for his ty.” moved back in with his mother. added.
organising role at Silvio Berlusconi's An Ifop survey published on Aug 11 actions, after it came out that he spent The judges stressed that while From 2006 to 2008 he committed He also practised a meditation tech-
raunchy parties said in an interview on indicated an approval rating for years methodically planning his attacks. Breivik suffered from personality disor- himself to the real-time online role- nique, borrowed from ancient Japanese
Friday that she is pregnant by the former Hollande of 46 percent, far below the And most survivors of the Utoeya ders, he was not psychotic. playing game ‘World of Warcraft’, for warriors, “to de-emotionalise himself”,
Italian prime minister. 61 percent rating he garnered within a island massacre said they were pleased up to 16 hours a day, she said. and before the attacks played a total of
Asked by investigative daily Il Fatto month of his election in May, according with the sentence and hoped they could Appeal He spent his time in seclusion pen- 130 hours of a shooting video game
Quotidiano about the rumour that to Ifop. now move on with their lives. Breivik’s lawyer Geir Lippestad told ning his manifesto “2083: A European “Call of Duty”, the judge said.
Berlusconi could be the father of her baby, On his first week back after a short journalists outside the courtroom: “He Declaration of Independence”, the date Breivik is expected to serve his sen-
38-year-old television actress Sabina Began holiday, Hollande is grappling with crit- “It has been one hell of a year. I hope
with today it will be over,” 19-year-old says he won’t appeal now that he has marking the 400th anniversary of the tence at the high-security Ila prison near
answered: "It's simple, I only went to bed icism from the opposition, as well as
with him." some on the Left, for what some say is Caroline Svendsen told AFP. been found sane.” 1683 Battle of Vienna which prevented Oslo.
Berlusconi, 75, has not commented on weak handling of the economy.
the claim and Began declined to say what Hollande, who branded himself dur-
his reaction has been. She added however ing the campaign as “Mr Normal,” has
that Berlusconi was currently "very not benefitted from the post-electoral ter of Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi group British, French, Dutch and German Circumcision review: Denmark
depressed" and was keen to get back to the bounce enjoyed by his predecessor that elected 18 deputies in recent elec- experts were hoping to inspect the MSC
political scene. (AFP) Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. (RTRS) has commissioned a report into whether
tions on immigration and crime fears. Flaminia to tally damage and cargo, but male circumcision is always carried out
❑ ❑ ❑ (AFP) Germany's Central Command for in line with national health guidelines,
Greek town protests: Plans by Alexandros Pnevmatikos told Skai TV. ❑ ❑ ❑ Maritime Emergencies said heavy the prime minister said Thursday.
Greece's government to house thousands of "The town council has unanimously weather off the coast of Britain had Controversy surrounding the non-med-
undocumented migrants in disused army voted to escalate the struggle to throw out Weather keeps experts away: Bad delayed the inspection.
weather prevented international experts ical circumcision of young boys arose ear-
camps around the country has sparked out- this camp," the socialist said, after a small from inspecting a damaged cargo vessel "As soon as the weather clears up, the lier this summer when Danish media
rage in the town of Corinth, whose mayor group of protesters clashed with riot police teams will have another go," the command revealed that the National Board of Health
pledged Friday to resist the move. Friday, more than a month after it was hob-
outside the holding centre on Thursday. bled in an explosion and left searching for a said in a statement. (AFP) did not monitor the conditions under
"It's a crime against Corinth," Mayor The protest was led by the local chap- ❑ ❑ ❑
friendly port. Lukashenko Berlusconi which circumcision takes place. (AFP)