Norway’s mass killer’s tears not ‘out of pity’
Norway: Anders Behring Breivik shed tears as he went on trial for
killing 77 people - but not for his victims. The emotional display came
when prosecutors showed his anti-Muslim video.
Dressed in a dark suit and sporting a thin beard, the right-wing
fanatic defended the July 22 massacre as an act of “self-defense” in his
professed civil war, and sat stone-faced as prosecutors described how he
killed each of his victims.
But he was gripped by emotion when they showed a video warning of a
Muslim takeover of Europe and laden with crusader imagery that he posted
on YouTube before the attacks. Suddenly, the self-styled “resistance”
fighter's eyes welled up. He cringed his face and wiped away tears with
“Nobody believes that he cried out of pity for the victims,” said
Mette Yvonne Larsen, a lawyer representing survivors and victims’
families in the court proceedings.
Breivik showed no signs of remorse Monday on the first day of a trial
that is expected to last 10 weeks. After being uncuffed, he extended his
right arm in a clenched-fist salute. He refused to stand when the judges
entered the room.
“I don't recognize Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from
the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism,” Breivik
said the first time he addressed the court.
The 33-year-old Norwegian also announced he doesn't recognize the
authority of Judge Wenche Elisabeth Arntzen because he said she is
friends with the sister of former Norwegian Prime Minister and Labor
Party leader Gro Harlem Brundtland.
Eight people were killed in Breivik's bombing of Oslo's government
district and 69 were slain in his shooting massacre at the left-leaning
Labor Party's youth camp on Utoya island outside the capital.
Breivik has said the attacks were necessary to protect Norway from
being taken over by Muslims and that he deliberately targeted the
governing Labor Party, which he claims has betrayed Norway with liberal
“I admit to the acts, but not criminal guilt,” he told the court,
insisting he had acted in self-defense. While Norway has a legal
principle of preventive self-defense, that doesn't apply to Breivik's
case, said Jarl Borgvin Doerre, a legal expert who has written a book on