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EDL Brit: i'm not to BLamE for osLo horror; Blogger 'inspired' Breivik manifesto.

Byline: RYAN PARRY

HE called himself Sigurd the Crusader, a modern-day knight of an ancient order on a mission to "cleanse" Europe of Muslims.

Psychotic mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has suggested his vision was inspired by an English mentor he met at a meeting of the order in the UK.

And now a former activist of the English Defence League has admitted the killer DID follow his lead.

Paul Ray, head of a revived Knights Templar movement based on medieval crusades to the Holy Land, admits internet contact with the Norwegian.

Ray also concedes his "Richard the Lionhearted" blog inspired Breivik's rambling manifesto which was published online to justify the terror attacks.

The connection comes as claims emerge that Breivik, 32, made a sinister phone call to an unnamed police station in the middle of the Utoya massacre.

While slaughtering 68 people on the island, the gunman used his mobile phone to announce: "This is Brigadier Behring Breivik, mission accomplished."

The claim from a Norwegian radio station quoted a police source. Norwegian police would only say: "We cannot confirm or deny that information."

Yesterday it was also claimed that Breivik may have had elite military training at a secret paramilitary camp in Belarus this spring. A Belarusian politician claimed his security service sources believe Breivik may have even had a girlfriend in the capital Minsk.

Ray, 35, fled his Bedfordshire home in 2008, fearing arrest for inciting racial hatred. But it was back in 2002 at a meeting of the Knights Templar in London that Breivik, wearing the uniform of the order, says he first met a mentor called "Richard the Lionheart".

In a newspaper interview in Malta, where he now lives selling computers, Ray said: "I am being implicated as his mentor. I definitely could have been his inspiration. It looks like that. He has given me a platform and a profile.

"But what he did was pure evil. I could never use what he has done to further my own beliefs. Breivik has dressed himself up in that garb but what he has done does not equate to anything I am involved in."

Yesterday another photo came to light showing the killer dressed as a knight at Smestad Primary School's summer festival, aged around 10. The young Breivik wore silver chest armour bearing a red cross - the same motif used prominently on his manifesto and which is also part of the Knights Templar uniform.

Norwegian authorities believe Breivik acted alone, and Ray's admissions do not support the killer's claim he is now part of a network of latter-day crusaders.

But there is evidence Ray has strong links to neo-Nazis "defending" Europe from Islamification, and Norwegian detectives say they want to speak to him.

There are photographs of Ray holding an AK47 rifle in Palestine, and he is a close friend of German neo-Nazi Nick Greger, co-founder of the Knights Templar.

Greger was jailed for two years in 2002 after telling the authorities he intended to blow up left-wingers' cars with a pipe bomb. But despite his unsavoury connections, Ray thinks he has been given a bad press. He said: "Knights Templar has been tainted. I am stating the case for the defence."

Breivik's hatred of Muslims appears to stem from a friendship with a Pakistani boy which turned sour. Now an Oslo shopkeeper, Faisal Rafique, 30, said: "I have not met him for 10 years. I did not imagine he would do that."

3 A PUBLIC clock in Oslo hit by the bomb lost the section of its face between 3pm and 6.30pm - the precise period of Breivik's rampage. Some locals want it left unfixed as a memorial.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2011
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