Norway massacre: The way back for survivors
The court’s decision has been praised by many people, with some saying the ruling will allow them to begin to recover from the mass murder.
Per Anders Langerod, a survivor of the Utoya island shooting spree, said: “I actually want to visit him in his jail cell and yell at him … really hard for 15 minutes, 20 minutes, throw some plates on the floor, you know, show anger.
“I don’t want to hurt him, but I want to explain to him how cruel it was. When someone tries to kill you, you get a problematic relationship with violence. I don’t want to hurt him because I have a problem with violence, now more than ever.”
Tore Sindiing Bekkedal, another Utoya survivor, commented: “I am very relieved and happy about the outcome. I believe he is mad, but it is political madness and not psychiatric madness.
“He is a pathetic and sad little person.”
Per Balch Soerensen, father of Danish woman killed on Utoya, said: “Now we won’t hear about him for quite a while. Now we can have peace and quiet. He doesn’t mean anything to me. He is just air.”
Rescue worker Bjoern Kasper Ilaug added: “The verdict is positive toward a situation where we can start … moving forward. That is very important. This has been a heavy burden for many people for 13 months.”
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