Norway: White nationalist gets maximum jail term for killing his stepsister and trying to attack mosque

A white nationalist who killed his stepsister and then stormed an Oslo mosque has been sentenced to 21 years in prison – the longest possible jail term under Norwegian law.

Philip Manshaus, who pleaded not guilty in court, “has proven to be an extremely dangerous person”, prosecutor Johan Oeverberg said as he demanded the sentence.

Last year, Manshaus killed his 17-year-old stepsister Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen by shooting her four times with a hunting rifle at their home in the Oslo suburb of Baerum.

Johanne had been adopted from China as a two-year-old, and her mother later married Manshaus’ father.

The 22-year-old then drove to a nearby mosque where three men were preparing for Eid al Adha celebrations.

Manshaus fired four shots from a rifle at the mosque’s glass door before he was overpowered by one of the men inside.

In court, Manshaus confessed to the acts but called them “emergency justice”. He added that he regretted not causing more damage.

Judge Annika Lindstroem, of the Oslo District Court, said Manshaus had plans to kill as many people as possible and set the mosque on fire.

She said he believed that “Europe is under attack from people of ethnic origin other than his own” and that “the white race is on the brink of extinction”.

The presiding judge said Manshaus was inspired by shootings in March 2019 in New Zealand, where a gunman targeted two mosques, killing 51 people, and in August 2019 in El Paso, Texas, where an assailant targeted Hispanics and left at least 22 dead.

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