“The investigation is still in an early phase and the suspect has not made any statements to the police,” prosecutors said in a statement."
The man suspected of shooting at people inside a Norwegian mosque at the weekend, and of killing his stepsister, appeared in court yesterday with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck.
A judge gave police permission to hold 21-year old Philip Manshaus in custody for an initial four weeks while he is investigated on suspicion of murder and breach of anti-terrorism law. Manshaus, who briefly smiled at photographers, does not admit to any crime, his lawyer said earlier.
Eyewitnesses said Manshaus entered the al-Noor Islamic Centre with several guns, but was overpowered by a 65-year-old member of the mosque, who managed to wrestle away his weapons in the fight that followed.
A few hours after the mosque attack, police discovered the body of a young woman at what they said was the suspect’s address. Police later said she was his stepsister.
Manshaus did not speak while reporters were present, and has so far declined to talk to the police.
“He is exercising his right not to be interrogated,” his defence attorney, Unni Fries, told Reuters. “He is not admitting any guilt.”
Manshaus, whose home is near the mosque just outside the Norwegian capital, had expressed far-right, anti-immigrant views before the attack, police said earlier. Online postings under Manshaus’ name, made shortly before the attack, expressed admiration for the massacre at two New Zealand mosques in March by a suspected right-wing extremist, in which more than 50 people were killed.
Reuters could not independently verify that the postings were made by Philip Manshaus.
Police sought to hold him on suspicion of murder, as well as of breaching anti-terrorism law by spreading severe fear among the population. “The investigation is still in an early phase and the suspect has not made any statements to the police,” prosecutors said in a statement. – Reuters