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Breivik holds court during his trial in Oslo

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Breivik holds court during his trial in Oslo


The man at the centre of Norway’s mass-murder trial will continue to be questioned in court today by the prosecution.

Yesterday, victims’ families criticised the judge for allowing Anders Behring Breivik to usurp proceedings for his own propaganda. The anti-Islamist gunman delivered a lengthy statement bragging about his shooting spree and bomb attack which killed 77 people.

Responding to the accusation that Breivik had taken the court hostage, prosecution lawyer Svein Holden dismissed that as being a bit strong. As he saw the situation it was important for Breivik to speak and the judge had listened and allowed him to finish the reading.”

As Breivik has already confessed to the killings the aim of the trial is to establish his sanity or otherwise. To that end several psychiatrists, including Ellen Kolsrud Fennoey, are in court.

“One can read his body language,” she said. “He looked down when the names of the victims and the gruesome way they were killed were read out so it’s clear that he shuts himself away from it. And he is a vain man, brushing away stuff on his shoulders. Many may perceive that as him wanting everything to be in order but one can also interpret it as him brushing away guilt.”

While Breivik will probably be kept behind bars for the rest of his life, he wants the court to rule he is sane which he believes would vindicate his anti-immigration cause. He has said being labelled insane would be a “fate worse than death”.

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