The trial of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who slaughtered 77 people in twin attacks in July 2011, has begun in the capital Oslo amid tight security measures.
Breiivik is set to testify for five days and explain his motives behind his terror attacks last year in downtown Oslo and at a Labor Party youth camp on Utoya Island, outside the capital.
Breivik has described his actions as “cruel but necessary” and claims he acted alone and in self-defence against those he considered to be “state traitors” for opening Norway up to multiculturalism and allowing the “Muslim invasion” of Europe.
The Christian terrorist has also told his lawyers that he won’t apologize for what he did and that he does not regret the terror effort, asking his defense team to publicize the attitude.
“He is not going to apologize for what he did and he says he does not regret and he also has asked us as his defense lawyers, to communicate that, even though it is, of course, very hard to hear,” said Vibeke Hein Baera, a member of the four-man legal team representing Brevik.
The ten-week trial will focus on his mental health condition and whether he is criminally sane and responsible for the massacre.
Breivik, 33, has been charged with “acts of terror” and faces either 21 years in prison — a sentence that could thereafter be extended indefinitely if he is still considered a threat to society — or closed psychiatric care, possibly for life.
The confessed killer wants to be found sane and accountable for his actions, so that his anti-Islam ideology, as presented in the 1,500-page manifesto he published online just before the attacks, will be taken seriously and not considered the ravings of a lunatic.