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Norway braces for Breivik mass-murder trial

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Norway braces for Breivik mass-murder trial


Norway is gearing up for the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, charged with killing 77 people last summer in a bomb and gun frenzy.

The facts are hardly in question. Breivik has proudly admitted carrying out the massacre.

There are fears though that he will use the influx of media to turn the trial into a circus, promoting his extremist anti-immigrant and anti-Islam views.

Court spokeswoman in Oslo, Ina Stromstad said: “It will put an enormous pressure on all the witnesses that will approach the witness bench and give their statements. The main question in this trial is whether he is sane or insane.”

Despite his admission, Breivik intends to deny criminal guilt and subject the country to a ten week trial. His defence lawyer said he will express regret for not going further.

Olav Dag Hauge, the Dean of Oslo Cathedral said: “We didn’t believe it at all, how could a person who is (of) the same culture as our culture, and from our own country, do a thing like that. But it is better for us that it comes from inside, for that we can handle.”

At a memorial service in Oslo, churchgoers said the trial will re-kindle some painful memories of the day last July when a bomb at government buildings killed eight people, before 69 people, mostly teenagers, were gunned down at a Labour Party summer camp.

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