Plenty of people attending the Breivik trial have noted his smirking, saluting attitude, and have condemned what they see as his vainglorious posturing. The man has shown no contrition; indeed has only shed tears when confronted with his own propaganda:
“He started to cry when there were pictures of former heroes like Richard Lionheart and people he thinks are good Crusaders. He paints himself in the same way, that means he is one of them and it looks like that’s why he started to cry when he saw this movie again. I think he was kind of proud of what he’d done,” said victim’s lawyer John Christian Elden.
“His project didn’t succeed, he didn’t manage to get rid of multiculturalism. He only succeeded in getting himself put on trial, and killing many children and young adults,” said victim’s co-ordinating legal counsel Mette Yvonne Larsen.
800 journalists from Norway and the rest of the world have packed into or around the specially-built courtroom, such is the interest in the story.
“To me, the important thing is that there is a proper trial and that as much of the attention is ploughed into caring for those who have lost loved ones, and as little as possible to the perpetrator who actively desires attention,” said a survivor of the Utoya island attack Tore Sinding Bekkedal.
The court has to decide if he is guilty or insane. Breivik says the latter verdict would be “a fate worse than death”.