Sydney: Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a shooting and bombing rampage in Oslo in 2011, is becoming a cult figure, a lawyer has said.
Lawyer Geir Lippestad, who defended the right-wing extremist, said the best weapon against Breivik`s anti-Islamic and anti-multicultural stance is open debate.
Lippestad wrote in his memoirs published on Thursday that he keeps ‘receiving messages from around the world that Breivik is increasingly a cult figure in some circles,’ News.com.au reports.
Images from Russia, the United States, Britain, Germany, Greece, Sweden and other countries where he has supporters, show Breivik is undoubtedly becoming a model who can influence other people to have thoughts, ideas and plans that could end up transforming young people into terrorists and not into law-abiding citizens, he added.
Breivik is serving a 21-year jail sentence for killing dozens of people in Norway in twin attacks on July 22, 2011.
In his earlier court hearings, Breivik had described as "cruel but necessary".
Breivik had laid out his Islamophobic and anti-multicultural ideology in a rambling 1500-page online manifesto posted online shortly before the attacks.