Breivik’s lawyers hit by threats

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The publicly appointed and funded Norwegian defense attorneys for convicted terrorist Anders Behring Breivik faced threats of injury and even death while carrying out their work during the past several months.

It earlier was reported that lead defense attorney Geir Lippestad was threatened, and that he even found the brake cables cut on his bicycle. Now his partner Vibeke Hein Bæra has told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that she receive death threats through her children, whose friends had told them a price had been put on her head.

“It frightened my children and it was very uncomfortable,” Bæra told NRK. Other threats were made to her face, over the telephone and via text messages on her phone. Police were informed of the threats and Bæra said safety measures around her seem to be functioning well. She declined to detail them.

Breivik, meanwhile, continues to receive letters and gifts from supporters. Lippestad told NRK that it was remarkable how many people support Breivik’s ultra-right-wing ideology that he used to justify his attacks that killed 77 persons, mostly young members of Norway’s Labour Party, last year. Breivik is now serving Norway’s maximum jail term of 21 years, which may be extended if he’s still deemed a danger to society.

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