Anders Breivik, the Norwegian gunman, was linked yesterday to the Ulster terrorist Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair.
By Duncan Gardham
The potential connection has emerged following scrutiny of Breivik’s links to British blogger, Paul Ray, who calls himself the “Lionheart”.
Ray, 35, who has faced speculation that he might have acted as a ‘mentor’ to Breivik, has denied ever meeting the Norwegian but admitted he may have drawn “inspiration” from his writings.
The Daily Telegraph can now disclose that Mr Ray played host to Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair, former leader of the Ulster Freedom Fighters in Malta last February.
He is also friends with Nick Greger, a German “known as Nazi Nick,” who describes himself as a “former neo-Nazi-leader, convicted terrorist, militiaman, artist, book writer and preacher”.
Mr Greger posted a video online them together with Adair on Youtube last year, titled “The Gathering.”
The film shows the three men visiting historic churches around Malta, cut together with footage showing UFF terrorists and Mr Greger with a Kalashnikov, set to a trance music track and illustrated with slides of Templar Knights.
Mr Greger has also been a supporter of Charles Taylor, the former dictator tried for war crimes over his time in Liberia, and has traveled to the Ivory Coast.
Breivik, the Oslo killer, wrote of traveling to the Ivory Coast and Liberia in 2002 telling his friend he was planning to “research the potential to smuggle blood diamonds and selling them in London.”
In London soon afterwards, he said he had attended the founding meeting of the “Knights Templar Europe” explaining that he “joined the session after visiting one of the initial facilitators, a Serbian Crusader Commander and war hero, in Monrovia, Liberia.”
At the meeting he claimed he had been delegated a “long term task” with one other “to create a compendium based on the information I have acquired from the other founders during our sessions” which turned into the 1,500 page document he circulated hours before his attacks.
Breivik wrote that due to “EU persecution for alleged crimes against Muslims” the Serbian was “living at one point in Liberia.”
Mr Greger, who is banned from Britain, has traveled widely in Africa and currently lives in Malta, as does Mr Ray, who is originally from Luton, Bedfordshire.
In his 1,500-page “compendium”, Breivik wrote that his “assigned mentor” at the London meeting was “referred to as Richard (the Lionhearted).”
Referring to the right-wing British group the English Defence League, Breivik added: “I wonder sometimes if one of the EDL founders was one of the co-founders of [the Knights Templar], I guess I’ll never know for sure.”
Mr Ray was a founding member of the EDL and has written about reforming the Knights Templar.
Mr Ray told the Daily Telegraph he was convinced that he had never met Breivik but added: “It does worry me that he got inspiration from my blog and it does look that way.
“I do worry that he has taken what I say and overreacted to it. I worry about that. That is my main worry.”
Several of the “founding principles” of the Knights Templars bear close analysis to language used by Mr Ray on his Lionheart blog including “support Israel’s fight against Jihad” and the Templars’ “mantra,” “Martyrdom before Dhimmitude” – a word which means supplication to Islam on which Ray wrote extensively in 2007.
‘Lionheart,’ for instance, asked: “Where is the support from within the ranks of the Templar Army in Britain?…We die together as Christian brothers and sisters in protection of the Christian and Jewish world, for the future of our people.”
Claiming he had “dug his sword into the ground” ‘Lionheart’ added: “God will revive the ancient order of the Knights Templar and count me worthy to die amongst them in service of my God in protection of the Christian and Jewish world.”
Mr Ray said: “What [Breivik] has done has nothing to do with Christianity, antijihadism and Templarism.
“I am horrified that I am linked to what happened here,” he said. “How can anyone in a sane mind condone what he did? The mind boggles at it and you cannot comprehend what he has done.
“I have never had any dealings with the man whatsoever in my life. I have never met him and have checked all my emails and can say I have never dealt with him.”
He said he condemned wholeheartedly what had happened and offered his deepest sympathies to Norway and the relatives of the dead.