Norway’s Anders Breivik Charged in Terror Attack

March 7, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, (R) arrives in court in Oslo on February 6, 2012. (Daniel Sannum Lauten/AFP/Getty Images)

Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man accused of carrying out terrorist attacks that killed 77 people last July, was formally charged on Wednesday with committing terrorist acts and carrying out premeditated murder.

Breivik, 33, is accused of gunning down 69 people, mainly teenagers, on Utoya island while dressed as a police officer and detonating a bomb in Oslo’s government district, killing eight.

He will go on trial on April 16 and if convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison, reported Sweden’s Aftenposten newspaper.

The indictment noted that 33 other people were injured on Utoya and 200 people were injured in the blast in Oslo, according to the newspaper.

“There was panic and fear of death in children, adolescents, and adults during the shooting, reinforced by the fact that there were limited opportunities to flee or hide,” the indictment reads, referring to the incident on Utoya, according to an unofficial translation of the report in Aftenposten.

“While he was moving around all over the island, he shot at people fleeing and/or hiding and/or falsely presented information that police had arrived,” it added.

Breivik, who is under constant psychiatric monitoring, could still be declared mentally ill which would result in him being committed to psychiatric care rather than a regular prison.