In an interview released today by Stern – a weekly German news magazine – the father of Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people back in July, said his son is the "worst terrorist" since World War II.
Anders killed eight people after setting off a car bomb outside government buildings in Oslo, before embarking on a shooting spree on the island of Utoeya, killing a further 69, most of whom were teenagers.
Anders’ 76-year-old father, Jens, is a retired diplomat who lives in the south of France.
He said that his last contact with Anders was approximately six years ago, when the two engaged in a phone call.
According to news.com.au, he now wants to visit his son in prison, admitting that he feels a sense of guilt for what happened in July. He also said that he and Anders have never had much of a father-son relationship, or any common interests.
"I want to look him in the eyes. Perhaps I am in a position to arouse feelings in him," Jens told Stern in comments published in German.
"He is the worst terrorist since the Second World War. He killed 77 innocent people and isn't even showing remorse.
"Probably all that wouldn't have happened if I had looked after Anders more," added Jens, as the Herald Sun reports.
Anders, 32, is now in custody at the high-security Ila prison near Oslo, and is scheduled to go on trial on April 16.
As reported on News24, it was concluded in late November that Anders suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, meaning that if confirmed by a panel of experts during his trial, he will escape prison but instead be sent to a closed psychiatric institution.