(Image source: The Foreigner)

 

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN

BY LAUREN GORES

 

The trial began Monday for the man accused of killing 77 people last July in Norway. Anders Behring Breivik allegedly carried out a bomb attack in Oslo, then a shooting spree at a youth camp. CNN reports — he’s confessed, but is still fighting the charges.

 

“Anders Breivik admitted to the rampage, but he is pleading not guilty. Breivik says the terror attack was self defense to -quote ‘save Norway from being taken over by multicultural forces.’”

 

The court spent more than an hour detailing the shooting spree on Utoya Island, during which 69 people, mostly teenagers, were killed. Then the court played a 12-minute propaganda video Breivik made before the massacre. Sky News reports, that’s when the accused finally started showing some emotion.

 

“There were tears in his eyes. He was trying to choke back his emotion, because, it has to be said, while they were reading out the catalog of his alleged crimes, he was absolutely impassive.”

 

The trial will determine two main issues: whether Breivik is sane and whether he belongs to a larger movement. Breivik insists he’s sane, but psychiatric evaluations have issued conflicting reports.

 

If found insane, he’ll be turned over to a psychiatric institution. If declared sane, he faces Norway’s maximum sentence of 21 years, but that could be extended indefinitely as long as he’s believed to be a threat. (Video source: BBC)

 

Breivik claims to be part of a movement called the Knights Templar — which he says he founded, but investigators say he’s actually a lone wolf. MSNBC reports some think he plans on using the trial to publicize his anti-Islam, nationalist views.

 

“Some Norwegians fear Breivik will succeed in making the trial, with about 800 journalists on hand, a platform for anti-immigrant ideas. His defense team has called 29 witnesses, ranging from Islamists to right-wing bloggers, to shed light on his world view.”

 

He’s expected to say he wishes he’d killed even more people when he takes the stand. But the media may not be his megaphone after all. Cameras will be cut during key parts of his testimony, and the New York Times reports some news outlets are helping their audiences tune out the trial.

 

“Saturation newspaper coverage since the attacks and three pretrial courtroom appearances have left many people in the country wanting to see less of Mr. Breivik, not more. [The Daily Paper], the country’s second-largest daily, has even introduced a Breivik-free version of its Web site for the duration of the trial.”

 

The trial is expected to last 10 weeks, with a ruling expected in July.

Norway's Breivik on Trial, Says Massacre was Self-Defense

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Apr 16, 2012

Norway's Breivik on Trial, Says Massacre was Self-Defense

(Image source: The Foreigner)

 

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN

BY LAUREN GORES

 

The trial began Monday for the man accused of killing 77 people last July in Norway. Anders Behring Breivik allegedly carried out a bomb attack in Oslo, then a shooting spree at a youth camp. CNN reports — he’s confessed, but is still fighting the charges.

 

“Anders Breivik admitted to the rampage, but he is pleading not guilty. Breivik says the terror attack was self defense to -quote ‘save Norway from being taken over by multicultural forces.’”

 

The court spent more than an hour detailing the shooting spree on Utoya Island, during which 69 people, mostly teenagers, were killed. Then the court played a 12-minute propaganda video Breivik made before the massacre. Sky News reports, that’s when the accused finally started showing some emotion.

 

“There were tears in his eyes. He was trying to choke back his emotion, because, it has to be said, while they were reading out the catalog of his alleged crimes, he was absolutely impassive.”

 

The trial will determine two main issues: whether Breivik is sane and whether he belongs to a larger movement. Breivik insists he’s sane, but psychiatric evaluations have issued conflicting reports.

 

If found insane, he’ll be turned over to a psychiatric institution. If declared sane, he faces Norway’s maximum sentence of 21 years, but that could be extended indefinitely as long as he’s believed to be a threat. (Video source: BBC)

 

Breivik claims to be part of a movement called the Knights Templar — which he says he founded, but investigators say he’s actually a lone wolf. MSNBC reports some think he plans on using the trial to publicize his anti-Islam, nationalist views.

 

“Some Norwegians fear Breivik will succeed in making the trial, with about 800 journalists on hand, a platform for anti-immigrant ideas. His defense team has called 29 witnesses, ranging from Islamists to right-wing bloggers, to shed light on his world view.”

 

He’s expected to say he wishes he’d killed even more people when he takes the stand. But the media may not be his megaphone after all. Cameras will be cut during key parts of his testimony, and the New York Times reports some news outlets are helping their audiences tune out the trial.

 

“Saturation newspaper coverage since the attacks and three pretrial courtroom appearances have left many people in the country wanting to see less of Mr. Breivik, not more. [The Daily Paper], the country’s second-largest daily, has even introduced a Breivik-free version of its Web site for the duration of the trial.”

 

The trial is expected to last 10 weeks, with a ruling expected in July.

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