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Norway gunman Breivik admits to massacre

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Breivik also pleaded not guiltyto criminal charges saying hewas acting in self-defence

DANGEROUSLY BOLDRightwing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last year, makes a salute as he enters the Oslo district courtroom.PHOTO: AFP
DANGEROUSLY BOLDRightwing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last year, makes a salute as he enters the Oslo district courtroom.PHOTO: AFP

The right-wing fanatic behind a bomb-and-shooting massacre that killed 77 people in Norway admitted to the “acts” on Monday but pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, saying he was acting in self-defence.

Anders Behring Breivik defiantly rejected the authority of the court as he went on trial for the July 22 attacks that shocked the peaceful nation and jolted the image of terrorism in Europe.

Dressed in a dark suit and sporting a thin beard along his jawline, Mr. Breivik smiled as a guard removed his handcuffs in the crowded courtroom. “I don't recognise Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties, who support multiculturalism,” Mr. Breivik said in his first comments to the court.

“I admit to the acts, but not criminal guilt,” he told the court, and said he had acted in self-defence.

Mr. Breivik also said he doesn't recognise the authority of Judge Wenche Elisabeth Arntzen, because he said she is friends with the sister of former Norwegian Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Gro Harlem Brundtland.

While there is a principle of preventive self-defence in Norwegian law, it doesn't apply to Mr. Breivik's case, said Jarl Borgvin Doerre, a legal expert- AP


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