Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik pleads not guilty to terror charges, claims ‘self defence’
The Norwegian far-right militant who massacred 77 people last summer gave a clenched-fist salute, smirked at the court and pleaded not guilty on the first day of a trial that threatens to turn into a “circus” showcasing his anti-Islamic views.
Anders Behring Breivik, 33, has said he acted in defense of his country by setting off a car bomb that killed eight people at government headquarters in Oslo last July, then killing another 69 people in a shooting spree at a summer youth camp organized by the ruling Labour Party.
“I do not recognize the Norwegian courts. You have received your mandate from political parties which support multiculturalism,” Breivik told the Oslo court after refusing to stand when judges entered.
“I acknowledge the acts but not criminal guilt as I claim self defense,” he added, seated in front of a bullet-proof glass wall. (Photo: Heiko Junge/Pool/Reuters)