April 16th, 2012
05:51 AM ET

Norway mass murder suspect claims self-defense

By Diana Magnay

The man accused of killing 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in Norway last summer claimed self-defense on Monday.

"I acknowledge the acts but do not plead guilty, and I claim I was doing it in self-defense," Anders Behring Breivik told a court in Oslo, Norway.

Breivik made the remarks as he went on trial for the July 22 killings to which he has admitted.

Earlier during the proceedings, he raised a clenched fist and said he did not recognize the authority of the court.

He then listened impassively as the prosecutor read the charges against him, describing how dozens of teenagers and young people died from shots to the head and body.

Breivik, in a black suit and jawline beard, read the indictment as the prosecutor spoke, showing no reaction as she listed the injuries the victims suffered on Utoya Island.

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  1. Adan Tillou


    March 6, 2021 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  2. Kayaking Maps

    Another lunatic with a gun. It's sad that norway doesn't have the death penalty this guy doesn't deserve the same air as the family members of the people he slain.

    May 31, 2017 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  3. Delaware water Gap Map

    This guy slaughter children and he says it's in self-defense. This world is completely messed up because we choose to keep these people live instead of just kill them .

    May 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  4. memphisstungunworld

    I just dislike the mere fact that a person can subject people to such horrible crimes and be so evil but yet it take so long to bring criminals to justice. Hopefully, this person will go to jail and want ever get out.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  5. byebye

    Let us put Anders Behring Breivik in various cages in various zoos with hungry animals and watch his "self defense."

    April 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  6. Snoot

    Good thing his trial isn't being held here, otherwise he'd probably end up walking.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • Cheese Wonton

      Only if it was a Simi Valley jury.

      April 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  7. RetiredVet

    Why is he still alive? Norway should do a ballistics test on his firearms using him as a target.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  8. Stewart

    Justice, why even bother going to court with this idiot. Put him under the jail. You kill 70 plus people and you claim self defense. Thats a slap in the face of the families of all his victims.

    April 16, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply
  9. hard knocks

    the actions of this animal in court with the clinched fist and out strech arm and looks of hatred can all be wiped away in a moment with a swift response of an in house tune up which will quickly get this animal firing on all cylinders.

    this is not only shameful to watch his performance but it is very encourging to other idiots of the same mindset as this animal. if the authorties are not going to adress his behaviour than no cameras should be allowed in.

    April 16, 2012 at 8:23 am | Reply
    • Chantelle

      "hard knocks" – I agree 100% with you.

      April 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply

    really?? U where doing it 4 self defence, n u almost claim 100

    April 16, 2012 at 6:12 am | Reply

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