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Father of Anders Behring Breivik wishes alleged Norway shooter had committed suicide


Bomb and terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik (red top) leaves the courthouse in a police car in Oslo on July 25, 2011, after the hearing to decide his further detention. Breivik will be held in solitary confinement for the first four weeks, with a ban on all communication with the outside world in a bid to aid a police investigation into his acts.


Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen

Jens David Breivik, the father of Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to last Friday's twin terror attacks in Norway, wishes his son had committed suicide, so "ashamed" and "disgusted" is he by his son's actions.

Jens Breivik, a retired ex-diplomat who lives in the south of France and divorced his Oslo-based wife, Anders' mother, in 1980 — has also told Norwegian TV reporter that he will never return to Norway as a result of the attacks.

(GlobalPost reports: Anders Behring Breivik ordered held in solitary confinement)

Reporter for TV2, Elin Sorstahl, who interviewed Breivik Sr relayed his sentiments to reporters camped outside his home in the small French town of Cournanel. 

Jen Breivik told the Swedish tabloid Expressen that he had had virtually no contact with his son since 1995, when Anders was 16, except for a "bland" phone call about 10 years ago, CBS reports.

He reportedly said of events:

"I couldn't believe my eyes. It was totally paralyzing and I couldn't really understand it.

"I don't feel like his father. How could he just stand there and kill so many innocent people and just seem to think that what he did was OK? He should have taken his own life, too. That's what he should have done."

"I will have to live with this shame for the rest of my life. People will always link me with him."

French police on Monday set up a protective ring around Jens Breivik's house, to shield him from the media, and soldiers of Norwegian extraction from the French Foreign Legion reportedly visited him on Sunday evening to see if they could provide assistance to him.

"Police officials are on site to ensure public order due to the number of media and onlookers," the Wall Street Journal reported a spokeswoman for France's Interior Ministry as saying. "This is just a public order operation there is no raid, no investigation at Mr. Jens Breivik's home."

When asked what he would say to his son if he had the opportunity, Jens Breivik said he didn't know, and didn't know if Anders would listen, the CBS reports. "He must live in another world; I do not think he would understand."

He added that his son should consider the sorrow and suffering he has caused. "He has ruined so many lives. He must think of the consequences," Jens Breivik said.