OSLO, Norway — With a defiant closed-fist salute, a right-wing fanatic admitted Monday to a bomb-and-shooting massacre that killed 77 people in Norway but pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, saying he was acting in self-defense.
On the first day of his long-awaited trial, Anders Behring Breivik rejected the authority of the court as it sought to assign responsibility for the July 22 attacks that shocked Norway and jolted the image of terrorism in Europe.
Dressed in a dark suit and sporting a thin beard, Breivik smiled as a guard removed his handcuffs in the crowded court room. The 33-year-old then flashed his salute before shaking hands with prosecutors and court officials.
"I don't recognize Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism," Breivik said in his first comments to the court.
Eight people were killed in Breivik's July 22 bombing of Oslo's government district and 69 others were slain in his shooting massacre at the left-leaning Labor Party's youth camp on Utoya island outside the capital. Breivik has said the attacks were necessary to protect Norway from being taken over by Muslims.
"I admit to the acts, but not criminal guilt," he told the court, insisting he had acted in self-defense.
The key issue to be resolved during the 10-week trial is the state of Breivik's mental health, which will decide whether he is sent to prison or into psychiatric care. Anxious to prove he is not insane, Brevik will call right-wing extremists and radical Islamists to testify during the trial, to show that others also share his view of clashing civilizations.
Norway's NRK television was broadcasting parts of the trial live but was not allowed to show Breivik's testimony.
Anders Behring Breivik, Huffington Post 35 Comments
[4/23/2012 2:37:19 AM]
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Submitted By: Brendan Rizzo
Yeah, shooting people is OK if they support multiculturalism.
4/23/2012 6:40:08 PM
I really have a hard time trying to figure out if Breivik is insane or not. The way he appears to be completely coherent and understands the consequences of his actions implies he is sane. However his completely delusional beliefs and rational for his actions belies a deep insanity.
It is almost like he is so insane that he has gone beyond crazy and has emerged on the other side where it almost wraps around and seems sane.
Personally I am for treating medically unstable and insane criminals. However with my doubts about the actual insanity of this man I instead think prison would be best for him. I am just upset that under Norwegen law, his crimes will only get him a paltry 22 years. He needs to be put away for life.
4/24/2012 12:41:21 AM
@Sylvana: Actually, he'll be locked up for life. Norway only has twenty-one years of "prison", but a life-time of "containment" (usually in a prison). Some weird legal distinction that only the finest judicial minds of Norway claim to understand.
He'll never be free, don't worry.
4/24/2012 2:34:44 AM
The names Varg Vikernes and Vidkun Quisling keep popping into my head, why is that?
4/24/2012 12:06:44 PM
It seems that self-defense is the new go-to excuse for murdering people lately.
4/24/2012 6:53:53 PM
Raised by Horses
"I don't recognize Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism."
Perhaps you'll recognize the bars of your new residence? I get the feeling that you'll have plenty of time to get to acknowledge their presence.
4/24/2012 11:13:55 PM
I found it interesting that he was fighting to prove himself sane, but if Norway has a maximum prison sentence it makes sense they would hardly have an insanity plea. Hardly anyone uses it in the US except in case of the death penalty.
@breakerslion: So...freedom and justice are lies, but some people deserve to be brutally murdered? Sometimes this site really does do as much to show me why they hate and fear us as to show what they're saying to...er, dislike and fear.
...also why my brother doesn't visit this site anymore.
4/25/2012 2:47:35 AM
What is with douchebags and their flimsy claims of "self-defense"?
4/25/2012 2:52:59 AM
Seriously, fuck this guy. Preferably with a chainsaw.
4/25/2012 3:03:50 PM
If there is no Hell I will hand-craft one for you, Anders Breivik, you piece of shit.
5/15/2012 8:45:56 PM