Kept on a police leash, the man responsible for Norway’s worst post-war bloodshed showed no remorse when he took part in an eight-hour reconstruction of his island massacre, police said on Sunday.
“He was not unaffected, but he showed no remorse for his actions,” police prosecutor Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby told reporters in Oslo a day after investigators brought Anders Behring Breivik to the scene of his July 22 rampage on the island of Utoeya. He shot dead 69 people, many of them teenagers.
Just hours before the shooting spree, which he has confessed to, the 32-year-old rightwing extremist also bombed government offices in the Norwegian capital, killing eight other people.
Hjort Kraby said Saturday’s site visit had been vital to the case.
“All research shows that it helps the memory to come back to the scene of the crime,” the police prosecutor said.
The trip on Saturday afternoon was made under heavy security, with Behring Breivik shackled on the boat and kept on “a leash” while on the island, police said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2011.