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Norway mosque shooting suspect appears in court with wounded face

By Reuters 12 August 2019
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Norwegian Preim Minister Erna Solberg (R) and Mohamed Rafiq (L), who stopped the moque attacker in Baerum, arrive at the Thon hotel to attend the prayers during the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Oslo, Norway, 11 August 2019. Saturday the Al-Noor islamic cenctre in Baerum was attacked by a man who firered severel shoots inside the mosque. EPA-EFE/Terje Pedersen NORWAY OUT
epa07768007 Norwegian Preim Minister Erna Solberg (R) and Mohamed Rafiq (L), who stopped the moque attacker in Baerum, arrive at the Thon hotel to attend the prayers during the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Oslo, Norway, 11 August 2019. Saturday the Al-Noor islamic cenctre in Baerum was attacked by a man who firered severel shoots inside the mosque. EPA-EFE/Terje Pedersen NORWAY OUT

OSLO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The man suspected of shooting at people inside a Norwegian mosque on Saturday, and of killing his stepsister, appeared in court on Monday with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck.

By Victoria Klesty and Lefteris Karagiannopoulos

Police are initially seeking to hold Philip Manshaus in custody for four weeks on suspicion of murder and breach of anti-terrorism law. Manshaus, who briefly smiled at photographers, does not admit to any crime, his lawyer said earlier.

Eyewitnesses said Manshaus entered the al-Noor Islamic Centre with several guns, but was overpowered by a 65-year-old member of the mosque, who managed to wrestle away his weapons in the fight that followed.

Manshaus did not speak while reporters were present, but smiled several times.

“He is exercising his right not to be interrogated,” his defence attorney, Unni Fries, told Reuters. “He is not admitting any guilt.”

Manshaus, a 21-year-old living near the mosque just outside the Norwegian capital, had expressed far-right, anti-immigrant views before the attack, police said earlier.

Online postings under Manshaus’ name, made shortly before the attack, expressed admiration for the massacre at two New Zealand mosques in March by a suspected right-wing extremist, in which more than 50 people were killed.

Reuters could not independently verify that the postings were made by Philip Manshaus.

A judge is expected to rule later in the day on the police request to formally detain him, the Oslo District Court said.

Police are seeking to hold Manshaus on suspicion of murder, as well as of breaching anti-terrorism law by spreading severe fear among the population.

“The prosecuting authority will request that the person charged be remanded in custody for four weeks, with a ban on visits and communication, without access to the media and in solitary confinement,” the police said in a statement.

“The investigation is still in an early phase and the suspect has not made any statements to the police.”

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Sunday said that while her government tries to combat hate speech, more must be done.

“We are trying to combat this, but it’s a challenge. I think it’s a word-wide challenge in a sense,” Solberg said.

Any formal charges in the case, and a trial to decide whether Manshaus is guilty or not, are likely to still be months away.

A guilty verdict on charges of breaching anti-terrorism laws can carry a sentence of up to 21 years in prison, as can the killing of the suspect’s 17-year old stepsister, according to Norwegian sentencing guidelines. (Reporting by Terje Solsvik, Victoria Klesty, Nerijus Adomaitis and Lefteris Karagiannopoulos; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Ed Osmond)

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