Breivik: Mass Slaughter Was 'Self-Defense'
He smiles, salutes, and cries in court
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 16, 2012 6:39 AM CDT
Updated Apr 16, 2012 7:58 AM CDT
Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik, right, who is facing terrorism and premeditated murder charges, reacts as a video presented by the prosecution is shown in court, in Oslo.   (AP Photo/Heiko Junge, Pool)

(Newser) – As his trial began in Oslo today, Anders Behring Breivik told the court that the slaughter of 77 people in Norway was a matter of ... self-defense. "I acknowledge the acts but do not plead guilty, and I claim I was doing it in self-defense," he said. Upon entering the courtroom, he smiled then held up his fist in a salute; he told the judge he doesn't "recognize the Norwegian courts. You have received your mandate from political parties which support multiculturalism."

While the court detailed the killings of dozens, he appeared emotionless, CNN reports. He did, however, shed tears after the court showed an anti-immigration video he posted on the Internet on the day of the tragedy, the BBC reports. The question of Breivik's sanity remains open following conflicting exams; his punishment hinges on the decision. Meanwhile, "it's going to be 10 weeks of hell," says the parent of a victim, "to hear this man, to hear his explanation of why he did it, and how he did it."

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crypticvalentin
Apr 16, 2012 10:59 PM CDT
Utoya https://vimeo.com/27030649
slammer
Apr 16, 2012 10:02 AM CDT
THERE IS NO DOUBT HE DID WHAT HE DID! NOW SAVE TIME AND MONEY AND KILL HIM!
Tscare
Apr 16, 2012 9:09 AM CDT
Obviously,He is either a really proud "templar" Extreme rightest to the point he does such an idiotic act of crime. Or he is unstable Honestly,I find him unstable,he himself said "It would be better for me to get the death penalty than go to a mental hospital" SO PUT HIM IN HOSPITAL