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Norway's mass killer charged with acts of terrorism, premeditated murder

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10:19, March 08, 2012

OSLO, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Norway's mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was charged on Wednesday with acts of terrorism and premeditated murder for his deadly twin attcks in the country.

As many as 77 people were killed in the bombing attack in downtown Oslo and the killing on Utoeya, an island 40 km west of the Norwegian capital, on July 22, 2011, which Breivik admitted he had made but pleaded not guilty.

The 19-page document, which contains the sequence of the attacks, was read to Breivik in the lla prison at 10:00 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Wednesday by prosecutors Inga Bejer Engh and Svein Holden.

In the bomb explosion at the government quarters in Olso, eight people were killed and over 200 others were injured.

After carrying out the attack in Oslo, Breivik arrived at Utoeya hours later and went on a shooting spree a semiautomatic rifle and a semiautomatic pistol till he was arrested, resulting in the deaths of 69 people, mostly members of the Youth League of the ruling Labor Party, according to the prosecutors.

The charges against Breivik were made under the Penal Code section 147 for committing a terrorist act and based on the first expert report, which concludes that Breivik is insane. So the prosecutors has asked for his being transferred to compulsory mental health care.

"As things stand now, the conditions to punish him is not present," said Prosecutor Bejer Engh.

However, the prosecutors said that they were prepared to seek a prison sentence for the defendant if the evidence picture changes during the trial, which is scheduled to start on July 16.

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