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no new vision and no mystery

Swedish expert testifies at Breivik trial

Published måndag 4 juni 2012 kl 11.34
Mattias Gardell together at the trial with defence lawyer Tord Jordet, Photo: Heiko Junge/Scanpix.

A Swedish professor in Religious Studies has been testifying at the trial in Norway of accused mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

Professor Mattias Gardell was called by the defence, because of his studies of anti-Islamic movements, to describe the environment that inspired Breikvik. But he has stressed to the press that he was not there to defend the accused.

He showed the court a summary of Breivik’s political influences, including Islamophobia, cultural conservative nationalism, anti-feminism, and elements from white power theories and right wing Christian theology.

Comparing Breivik’s political ideas with fascism in the early 20th century, Gardell said there was no new vision and Breivik is not a mystery.

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