|Norway court to allow media at terrorism suspect's hearing|
| [13.09.2011, 03:22pm, Tue. GMT]|
|A Norwegian court Monday rejected a police request that the pending custody hearing for the man accused of the twin attacks that killed 77 people in July be held behind closed doors. Anders Behring Breivik was due to appear in court on September 19. But the police want to extend his custody by a further eight weeks, with four weeks in solitary confinement.At previous hearings, the police were granted requests for closed-door sessions, since they could not rule out that Breivik might have had accomplices.|
The Oslo district court said those decisions were an exception. The police said they would likely appeal Monday's ruling.
At the pending custody hearing, media representatives, survivors, next of kin and attorneys representing victims of the attacks were to be allowed to follow the proceedings but were to be issued with gag orders, the court said.
It said that the hearing on extending Breivik's remand would be a 'brief' session and it was unlikely that new information concerning the case would emerge.
Attorneys representing next of kin consulted by the court said they wanted a closed-door hearing.
Police say that Breivik admitted to detonating a car bomb that killed eight people in central Oslo and a shooting that claimed 69 lives at a youth camp organized by the Labour Party.
His attorney Geri Lippestad welcomed the ruling saying 'this is what we have argued for.'
'This is in line with Norwegian legal tradition and an important legal principle,' Lippestad told news agency NTB.