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Trial of mass killer Breivik ends, verdict due in August


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Trial of mass killer Breivik ends, verdict due in August

The trial of Anders Breivik ,who killed 77 people in Norway, is over.

As Breivik began his closing statement, survivors and relatives of some of the victims got up and left court.

“He has the right to talk. We have no duty to listen,” said one.

As proceedings drew to a close, defence lawyers tried to paint the mass murderer as a political militant motivated by extreme right-wing ideology.

Geir Lippestad, Breivik’s lawyer said: “The prosecution plea that he should be transferred to compulsory mental health care should be denied and he should be treated as leniently as possible.”

The sanity of the 32-year-old is central to the case with the killer claiming he acted in defence of his nation and that the murders were justified.

On Thursday Breivik’s mother was quoted in court as saying: “I thought he was turning completely crazy. I thought there was something wrong with his head.”

Bjoern Ihler, who survived the shooting on Utoeya Island, said: “What also matters is that the political side of this exists, whether Breivik is sane or not there are right-wing extremists like him. They might not go to such extreme actions as him, but the ideology exists and it has to be debated whether he is sane or not.”

It is now the responsibility of the five judges to rule on whether the man responsible for Norway’s worse peacetime massacre is sane or insane.

The verdict is due on 24 August.

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