While police were granted their request to keep Anders Behring Breivik in solitary confinement as they continue their investigation, survivors, family members and close friends will visit Utoeya island (photo, from lefigaro.fr), where 69 people were gunned down.
An Oslo arena will hold a national memorial service on Sunday to mark the end of a month of mourning for the 77 people who died in an explosion in Oslo or at a youth summer camp on the island near the country’s capital.
Officials said that psychologists and clergymen would be on the island in order to offer support as visitors will hear from investigators where their loved ones died.
“Going to the island helps them make sense of what happened, it helps to make it real, because up until then it can feel very unreal,” psychologist Atle Dyregrov, who has organised much of the professional help for victims and relatives, told Reuters news agency.
“Seeing the facts is often less scary than the fantasies they have. The fantasy can eat you inside – it helps to see what it looks like.”
In the meantime Mr Breivik’s confinement in isolation has been extended by a Norwegian court, which means that the right-wing extremist has no access to television, newspapers or the internet.
After acknowledging that Mr Breivik, 32, described his isolation for the past four weeks as “boring and monotonous, and as a sadistic torture method”, judge Hugo Abelseth said he must nonetheless spend at least four more weeks there, reported AP news agency.
He added that the next hearing would be on 19 September.
Phone transcripts of two calls by Mr Breivik have been released by the police. He made the first call at 18:01 on 22 July, 26 minutes before being arrested, and said : “I am on Utoeya. I want to hand myself in.”
No-one answered when the police tried to call back, said local police chief Sissel Hammer.
At the time of this first call two armed officers were across the shore from the island but they couldn’t find a boat to get there, and police elsewhere were working to cope with the bombing in the government quarter in Oslo.
In his second call, placed one minute before being captured, Mr Breivik asked to be transferred to the commander of the anti-terror police unit.
According to the transcript records he said : “I am a commander in the Norwegian resistance movement.”
“I have fulfilled my operation, so I want to… surrender.”
Although Mr Breivik tried to contact the police several times during his killing spree, only two calls were answered, said his lawyer, adding that as he received no satisfactory response from the police he went on shooting people.
The police say they can neither confirm nor deny this.
Mr Breivik is charged with the 69 victims on Utoeya and with killing eight people with a bomb in Oslo.
Even though he recognises killing those people, he denies criminal responsibility, arguing that he believes the massacre was “necessary” in order to his country and Europe from Muslims and multiculturalism.
Norwegian public radio says 151 people were injured in the attacks, 62 on Utoeya and 89 in Oslo.
On Thursday the final funeral of a victim, 16-year-old Elisabeth Troennes Lie, took place. It was delayed until her 17-year-old sister, who was seriously wounded in the shooting, could take part, AFP news agency reported.