Norway Shooter: I'm a Resistance Leader

Anders Behring Breivik makes first public court appearance
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2011 7:52 AM CST
This 2009 photo issued by Norwegian police Friday Oct. 28, 2011 shows confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik when he was issued a passport.   (AP Photo/Norwegian Police via Scanpix Norway, HO)

(Newser) – In his first public court appearance since allegedly killing 77 people in twin terror attacks in July, Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik declared himself “a military commander in the Norwegian resistance movement” but was soon silenced by the judge, the AP reports. The hearing’s purpose was to determine whether to continue holding Breivik, whose terror trial is still pending; the judge ordered him kept in prison for 12 more weeks.

The more than 500 spectators in the Oslo court room included some survivors of the youth camp shootings, who had not seen Breivik since the attack. Breivik asked to address them at the hearing’s conclusion, but was turned down; he was also stopped several times when he attempted to call himself Commander of the Knights Templar. The judge said there is no reason to believe Breivik is insane, and that there is no evidence he had accomplices, CNN reports. As he has before, Breivik confessed to the attacks but said he is not guilty because he was protecting Europe from Muslim immigrants.

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