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Anders Breivik: Norway killer's father to publish book

  • 21 August 2014
  • From the section Europe
Andres Behring Breivik making a salute at court during his trial for killing 77 people in 2011 Image copyright AFP

The father of jailed Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik has written a book expressing feelings of guilt and responsibility over his son's actions.

Anders Breivik admitted killing 77 people when he bombed central Oslo and then went on a shooting spree at a youth camp on a nearby island in 2011.

His parents separated when he was a year old and his father Jens claims to have had little contact with the boy.

Entitled My Fault? A Father's Story, the book is set for release in October.

"I feel some guilt and I feel some responsibility. What would have happened if I had been a better father? Would Anders have done what he did?" Jens Breivik wrote, according to an excerpt of the book released by the publisher Juritzen.

A retired Norwegian diplomat living in southern France, Mr Breivik wrote the book with the help of a ghost writer and is expected to question his behaviour as a parent and his role in the life of the radical far-right killer.

In 2012, Anders Breivik was sentenced to the maximum 21 years in prison for carrying out the country's worst peacetime massacre in its modern history.

He harboured extremist right-wing views and claimed he had reacted against what he saw as a Marxist-Islamic takeover of Europe.

His deadly rampage against a Labour Party youth camp on Utoeya island was found by an Oslo court to have been a premeditated act of terrorism.

His jail term can be extended if he is deemed to remain a danger to society.

'Self-trial'

Jens Breivik has often been described as an absent father after the separation from his wife. At the time of the separation, Jens attempted to win custody over Anders but was unsuccessful, and he lost touch with his son when Anders was a teenager.

A previous book about Anders Breivik's late mother, Wenche, portrayed Jens Breivik as a domestic tyrant.

During the murder investigation and trial, it emerged that Norwegian social services had suspected Anders Breivik was neglected at home as a child.

According to the editor of My Fault, Arve Juritzen, the book is a form of self-trial for Jens Breivik.

Jens Breivik has re-established contact his his son in the last two years but has not shared the manuscript with him.