Police: Knights Templar organization “doesn’t exist”

Foreigner | Mar 27, 2012

Anders Breivik Behring may have invented the Knights Templar, Norwegian police believe.

“According to intelligence information shared by British authorities and other countries’ authorities, there is no indication that there must have been such an organization,” police prosecutor Pål-Fredrik Hjort Kraby told NRK.

Breivik had claimed that he is a member, both during his interrogations and in his written manifesto. Moreover, he alleged it was formed during a secret meeting in 2002. Nonetheless, officers have found no evidence showing that “Knights Templar” exists.

A few days following the July 22nd attacks, British Right-Wing extremist Paul Ray had told the Associated Press that there is such a group, though he claimed it had no formal structure. Mr Ray refused to disclose the number of members of the group.

Police also say they doubt Breivik’s claims another two cells are ready to conduct more terrorist attacks, believing it was purely a fright-creating ploy.

“Based on the fact that we have not found any information that supports what he says about this organization, or the other cells, our theory is that he must have wanted to create a picture of fear in society. He wants us to believe this is part of the threat scenario he wishes to impart,” concludes Pål-Fredrik Hjort Kraby.

33-year-old Anders Breivik has admitted carrying out both attacks in Oslo and on Utøya, but has not acknowledged guilt. He has been charged with committing acts of terror.

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