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. alyssa

    @Jesus Is Lord – shut up

    May 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Do you practice what you preach all the time or just on Sunday?

      May 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • loren

      o.k. but I don't believe Jesus would say, shut up.

      May 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. isabella233

    And to learn that Brevik had plastic surgery to look more "Aryan" i.e. a longer Aryan nose not a short little Scandinavian nose. He hates multiculturalism and kills all people of every race. Sounds like he hates being born!
    A Terrorist and a psycho.

    May 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 2blinks

    Strip him of his nationality. He should not belong to any country. He does not even belong to humanity.

    May 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ben

    CNN does not miss a chance to bash Bush

    May 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      And Faux Noise doesn't miss a chance to kiss Bush's behind.

      May 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manic Panic

      What a silly comment. It would be bashing Bush is the shoe had actually hit him....

      May 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. taurran


    May 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Socks

      You could still throw socks or, if you're fast enough, feces

      May 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. yoyoyo

    there was an achievement for 80

    May 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George


    May 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Barry G.

    Now you see why we have the death penalty in America.

    May 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      No, I don't see why. Here in Canada we just lock these people up forever. Death penalty trials and appeals processes are more expensive and we don't run the risk of executing innocent people.

      Tell us more about how your death penalty has reduced your crime ra-ah ha ha ha. I kid.

      May 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Murtaza H. Bandali

    Next time practice well.

    May 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kerry

    there we go, I wondered if Bush would get credit for making shoe-throwing popular.

    May 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ♚Mmmmm♛

    ...i wonder if throwing shoe inserts and shoe horns has equal footing as the ultimate

    May 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marc

    Oh NO, Not a SHOE!! Too bad he hadn't stepped in a pile of dog poop first.

    May 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. micook

    Should have thrown an X-box 360 controller at that punk's skull!

    May 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Penny Nickels

    I would have thrown a hammer.

    May 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AgrippaMT

    Too bad the shoe didn't contain a bomb. Congrats to the young man who threw it.

    May 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriXen

      I agree with the latter part of your comment, but not the former, considering it didn't actually hit Breivik.

      May 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
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