Shoe thrown at Norway mass killer during trial
Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik is escorted out of court by police after Friday's shoe-throwing incident in Oslo.
May 11th, 2012
11:38 AM ET

Shoe thrown at Norway mass killer during trial

The trial of admitted Norway mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was disrupted Friday when a brother of one of the 77 people killed in last summer's massacre threw a shoe at the defendant.

"You killed my brother. Go to hell! Go to hell," the spectator yelled as he threw the shoe, which missed Breivik but hit one of his defense lawyers, Vibeke Hein Baera, who was sitting closest to the courtroom spectators, according to a report from Views and News from Norway.

"If someone wants to throw something at me, do it at me while I'm entering or leaving, and not at my lawyer," Breivik said, according to a report from  BBC News.

Police escorted the thrower, who was not identified, from the courtroom, but his actions were greeted by applause and shouts of "Bravo!" by others spectators, reports said.

Views and News, citing Norway's VG Nett, reported that the shoe thrower lives outside of Norway and had flown into Oslo on Wednesday so he could be at the trial when his brother's autopsy was presented.

Some reports said the shoe thrower was from Iraq, a country where the action is seen as a grave insult because the bottom of shoes are unclean.

Shoe throwing gained international attention in 2008 when an Iraqi reporter threw a shoe at then-U.S. President George Bush during a news conference in Baghdad.

Friday's incident occurred as a prosecutor was finishing up a presentation on autopsy reports of  victims shot by Breivik on Utoya Island, where 69 people were killed while attending a Labor Party summer youth camp.

According to the BBC News report, Breivik said in court Friday that during that assault, "Someone threw an object at me and it hit me in the face" in an attempt to stop him. He did not say what the object was.

Defense attorney Baera, who was hit by the shoe Friday, later told Norwegian Broadcasting that as the trial was expected to last at least six more weeks, "I hope we can return to more dignified proceedings,” Views and News reported.

Breivik boasts of being an ultranationalist who killed his victims to fight multiculturalism in Norway.

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  1. Observer91

    Looks like somebody just got Bushed.

    May 15, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • sandra

      busted for what?

      May 15, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Randall

    A baseball would have been easier to aim. More painful too.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. unbelievable

    ... Ironic... an Iraqi throws a shoe at the nationalist who killed his brother for encroaching on Norway... you can't write this stuff...

    May 15, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. unbelievable

    "Bush wacked"... Glad it hit his defense lawyer...

    May 15, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. oldProverb

    Old Chinese Proverb say, "Throw shoe at lawyer. If you don't know why... the lawyer will."

    May 15, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Nils Nilsen

    The amazing fact, is that the judges in the trial don't have their papers in order. In Norway the judges have to sign an oath to start practicing as judges. The judges in the case can not show that they had signed these oaths before becoming judges and the whole trial risks to be annulled because of this. None of the newspapers in Norway write about this, even if they have been tipped serveral times.

    May 27, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    November 21, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
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