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Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Anders Behring Breivik told an Oslo court that his decision last year to kill 77 people was guided by his conviction that the victims were “traitors” who needed to be wiped out to protect Norway.
In his first televised appearance since the July 22 attacks against members of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s Labor Party, Breivik said he thought he deserved a medal for perpetrating Norway’s worst mass homicide since World War II.
The Oslo District Court extended custody of the 32-year-old by 10 weeks until the trial starts on April 16, Judge Wenche Gjelsten said today.
Breivik, wearing a dark suit and blue tie, entered the court room handcuffed and raised his arm in a gesture his attorney, Geir Lippestad, described as “a type of right-wing extremist salute.” The cameras were cut off as the hearing started.
“I acknowledge the acts but I plead not guilty,” Breivik told the court. “Attacks on the government headquarters were preemptive attacks on traitors committing or about to commit” crimes against the Norwegian people, he said.
Breivik killed 77 people on July 22 in a shooting spree at a Labor Party Youth camp and a car-bomb attack on Oslo government ministries. He was found unfit for prison in a psychiatric evaluation released last year, which sparked criticism from victims and caused the Oslo court to order a new assessment of his mental state. His April trial will seek to establish guilt.
At the latest custody hearing in November, Breivik called himself a commander in the Norwegian resistance. Breivik has said that he sought to inflict the “greatest possible loss” on the ruling Labor Party and railed in a manifesto posted on the Internet against “cultural Marxism” and “Islamization.”
He has refused to recognize the legitimacy of the court and demanded to be released since his hearings started.
--Editors Jonas Bergman, Tasneem Brogger
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