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Norway court dismisses Brevik judge

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 01:21

April 17 - The Norway court hearing the case against Anders Behring Breivik for a mass shooting and bombing last year dismisses one of its judges over a Facebook comment. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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A Norway court dismisses a judge in Anders Behring Breivik's trial over a concerning Facebook comment. Thomas Indreboe was one of three civilian members of the five-judge tribunal hearing the case against Breivik for a mass shooting and bombing last summer. Both the prosecution and defence asked that he be dismissed over a Facebook comment made last July that "the death penalty is the only just outcome of this case." A survivor of the shooting that killed 69 people at an island summer camp said he doesn't blame the lay judge. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UTOEYA SURVIVOR, TORE BEKKEDAL, SAYING: "I don't hold it against him. It was an emotional time for everyone and of course, he probably could never have guessed that he would actually be a judge in the trial." The leader of a support group related to the attacks also agreed with the move. (SOUNDBITE) (Norwegian) LEADER OF JULY 22 SUPPORT GROUP, TROND BLATTMANN, SAYING: "I think this was the right thing to do because everyone in court was concerned that he was no longer qualified to make a decision." Breivik has admitted to the attacks but pleaded not guilty. He faces a jail sentence of up to 21 years, but could be held indefinitely if he is considered a continued danger. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters

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Norway court dismisses Brevik judge

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 01:21