The person suspected of capturing folks inside a Norwegian mosque on Saturday, and of killing his stepsister, appeared yesterday in court docket with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck.
A decide gave the police permission to maintain Philip Manshaus, 21, in custody for the primary 4 weeks whereas being investigated on suspicion of homicide and violates anti-terrorism legal guidelines. Earlier, Manshaus's lawyer stated his consumer didn’t admit any crime.
The Norwegian police safety service, PST, stated yesterday that it had obtained a discover about Manshaus final yr, however didn’t examine additional. "There was nothing in that discover that recommended there was a hazard of an act of terrorism or that an assault was being deliberate," stated PST chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold.
Witnesses stated Manshaus entered the Islamic heart al-Noor in Bærum, a suburb of Oslo, with a number of weapons, however was overwhelmed by a 65-year-old mosque member, who managed to grab his weapons.
A number of hours after the assault on the mosque, the police found a younger girl's physique in what they stated was the suspect's deal with. Police then stated she was his stepsister.
Manshaus didn’t communicate whereas the reporters have been current in court docket and refused to talk with the police. "He’s exercising his proper to not be questioned," stated his protection legal professional, Unni Fries. "He admits no guilt."
The suspect, whose house is close to the mosque, had expressed far-right anti-immigrant opinions earlier than the assault, police stated earlier.
On-line publications underneath the identify of Manshaus, made shortly earlier than the assault, expressed admiration for the bloodbath in two mosques in New Zealand in March by an alleged excessive right-wing extremist, during which greater than 50 folks died. Reuters couldn’t independently confirm that the publications have been made by Manshaus.
The police tried to arrest him on suspicion of homicide and an antiterrorist crime of spreading extreme worry among the many inhabitants. Prosecutors stated: "The investigation continues to be at an early stage and the suspect has not made any assertion to the police."