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Norwegian killer demands government resigns before he will talk

'Unrealistic' demands by Anders Behring Breivik include having his mental condition investigated by Japanese specialists, his defence lawyer said.

OSLO // The confessed killer in Norway's twin terror attacks that claimed 77 lives has presented a long list of "unrealistic" demands, including the resignation of the government and that his mental condition be investigated by Japanese specialists, his defence lawyer said yesterday.

Geir Lippestad said his client has two lists of demands. One consists of requests common among inmates such as for cigarettes and civilian clothing. The other is "unrealistic, far, far from the real world and shows he doesn't know how society works", Mr Lippestad said.

Mr Lippestad said Anders Behring Breivik, 32, links this second list to his willingness to share information about two other alleged terrorist cells that Mr Breivik has mentioned during questioning.

"They are completely impossible to fulfil," Mr Lippestad said, adding that although Mr Breivik has agreed to be examined by local psychiatrists, he also wants to be investigated by Japanese specialists.

"He claims the Japanese understand the idea and values of honour and that a Japanese [specialist] would understand him a lot better than any European would."

Mr Lippestad said his client has also demanded the resignation of the Norwegian government.

The July 22 bombing in Norway's government quarter in Oslo killed eight people and the shooting massacre at an annual summer retreat held by the Labour Party's youth wing claimed an additional 69 lives.

Yesterday, the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, attended the Muslim funeral of the Somali-Norwegian Mona Abdinur, 18, who was killed at the retreat.

"Mona was our sunshine, is what her friends and family have said. They now have to continue their road ahead without Mona. In their pain, I want to say, they are not alone," Mr Stoltenberg said at the service. "There are many of us who are crying with them. [You are] a small family, but you are part of the big Norwegian family."

* Associated Press with additional reporting by Agence France-Presse