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ANDERS BEHRING BREIVIK

Norway killer pores over love letters

Confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has begun sifting through the hundreds of letters he has received since the July 22nd attacks that left 77 dead.

Police said the right-wing extremist had received 200 to 300 letters since he was jailed after the deadly killing spree.

“He’s having the letters delivered to him once we’re gone through them,” police lawyer Christian Hatlo told broadcaster TV2.

Breivik has received two batches of letters since the recent loosening of restrictions on his contact with the outside world.

The letters include a number of bills, TV2 reports, but the broadcaster also learned that the perpetrator of the July massacre had begun reading through the many love letters and hate mail he has received from Norway and abroad.

Postal and visitation restrictions mean the police are authorized to examine his letters in advance and remove any that may be deemed harmful to the ongoing investigation.

But while much of the correspondence is of a threatening nature, Brevik also has his share of romantic admirers, as well as would-be pen friends offering religious redemption, TV2 reports.

Starting on Monday, Breivik will also be permitted to watch television, listen to the radio, and read newspapers.

Breivik is expected to be sentenced to psychiatric care after prosecutors last week declared him criminally insane. A report submitted by expert psychologists found that Breivik suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

The controversial findings have divided opinion. Writing in newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Wednesday, Swedish professor of psychiatry Johan Cullberg described the report as “objectionable, unprofessional, and lacking in imagination.”

Breivik’s dual attacks primarily targeted Norway’s Labour Party, a group he said promoted the multiculturalism he despised.

A car bomb outside government buildings in Oslo killed eight people before Breivik gunned down a further 69 on the nearby island of Utøya, where members of the Labour Party’s youth wing were attending a summer camp.

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Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

Prosecutors in Sweden are now treating the murder at the Almedalen political festival as a terror crime, with the country's Säpo security police taking over the investigation.

Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

In a press release issued on Monday evening, the Swedish Prosecution Authority, said that the 32-year-old attacker, Theodor Engström, was now suspected of the crime of “terrorism through murder”, and also “preparation for a terror crime through preparation for murder”. 

Engström stabbed the psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren last Wednesday as she was on her way to moderate a seminar at the Almedalen political festival on the island of Gotland. 

Although he was a former member of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, police said his motive seemed to be to protest against Sweden’s psychiatry services, who he felt had treated his own mental illness badly. 

The release gave no details as to why the 32-year-old was now being investigated for a more serious crime, but terror expert Magnus Ranstorp told the Expressen newspaper that the shift indicated that police had uncovered new evidence. 

READ ALSO: What do we now know about the Almedalen knife attack? 

“The new crime classification means that they’ve either found a political motive for the attack which meets the threshold for terrorism, and that might be a political motive for murdering Ing-Marie Wieselgren,” he said. “Or they might have discovered that he was scouting out a politician, or another target that could be considered political.” 

Engström’s defence lawyer said last week that his client, who he described as disturbed and incoherent, had spoken in police interrogations of having “a higher-up target”. 

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