Norway urged to probe  LTTE-Breivik ‘relationship’


By Shamindra Ferdinando

The government of Sri Lanka is quietly pushing Norway to investigate the circumstances that led to Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, 32, adopting tactics used by the LTTE, an organisation proscribed in 32 countries.

Authoritative diplomatic sources told The Island that Sri Lanka expected the July 22 Commission, headed by lawyer Alexandra Bech Gjørv, to delve into a possible LTTE link to the killer. Referring to a statement attributed to Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, sources said that Sri Lanka believed that the commission would look into all aspects of the massacre which claimed the lives of 76 men, women and children.

PM Stoltenberg wants the commission to finalise its report by Aug. 10, 2012.

The Norwegian PM declared that the commission could secure external expertise to facilitate its work.

Breivik is in custody for carrying out the bombing that killed eight persons in Oslo and shooting 68 persons on Utoya.

Sri Lanka’s top diplomat in Oslo Rodney Perera is in the process of discussing the issue with Norwegian politicians, officials and the media as part of ongoing efforts to highlight the dangers posed by the LTTE, though it no longer retained a conventional military capability.

Responding to a query by The Island, Ambassador Perera said that Gjørv’s commission would delve into what he called the Sri Lankan angle.

Recently Ambassador Perera wrote to members of the Norwegian parliament, key officials and the media pointing out the references made by Breivik to the LTTE/Sri Lanka, namely forcible eviction of Muslims from Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka (page1235 of Breivik’s manifesto) and ‘fourth generation war’(page 1479) characterised by a stateless entity fighting a state or regime such as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to use a modern example.

The Ambassador’s letter is expected to be taken up at the July 22 Commission.

While explaining Sri Lanka’s position on Breivik’s references to the LTTE’s strategy, Ambassador Perera asserted the assassin may have had contacts with some of the LTTE activists either in Norway or elsewhere.

There were two other important facts in the Breivik case, Ambassador Perera said. "It is known that Breivik wore a ‘police’ uniform so that he could execute his innocent victims at will. This was all too similar to what the LTTE did on numerous occasions, i. e. to carry out premeditated attacks on civilians from all walks of life, posing as Sri Lankan military personnel in order to draw unsuspecting civilians to them and later pin the blame on the armed forces as could be seen from the fabricated photographs and videos being circulated to discredit Sri Lanka’s democratically elected leaders and the heroic military forces. Then it is reported that Breivik has said in his manifesto that he intended to film the attacks for propaganda purposes. This is once again very similar to what the LTTE had done in the past."

The commission comprises:

- Former Chief of Police in Hordaland, Ragnar Line Auglend, Bergen

- Former Police Commissioner in Copenhagen, Hanne Bech Hansen, Hillerup, Denmark

- Researcher Laila Bokhari, Oslo

- Former CEO of NSB Einar Enger, Rakkestad

- Lt General Torgeir Hagen, former head of the Norwegian armed forces’ intelligence services, Hamar

- Professor Guri Hjeltnes, Oslo.

- Vice President of the Norwegian Red Cross, Linda Motrøen Paulsen, Stavanger

- Chief County Medical Officer, Karin Straume, Vadsø

These nine members will be supplemented by a tenth, who will be a man with police or rescue services expertise from one of Norway’s closest neighbouring countries. 

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