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. BAsucks

    I wonder if the thrower was muslim??

    May 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Muslim


      May 12, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. John Tucker

    Horseshoe? no – too bad.

    May 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TriXen

    "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.

    Preference noted. Someone ought to hurl a cue ball at his head while he's on his way out of the courtroom.

    May 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. darkhorse84

    He's lucky that's all that has been thrown at him.

    May 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. toadears

    This is a lame news item.

    May 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • OneWorld

      Not too lame for you to read it.

      May 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris B

      And who's even lamer for commenting on it after reading it, then?

      May 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Drew

    Export him back to Baghdad.

    May 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony in STL

    They need to enact a "stoning" death penalty, just for this guy. Let family's of the victims do the stoning, ...if they'd like.

    May 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeebus

    Let he who is without the sin of murdering dozens of innocents throw the first shoe. Ladies and gentlemen, you may begin unlacing

    May 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wes

    why shoe always miss target...we should have "Practice throwing a shoe a at the jerk day"...

    May 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rudedog

    Why are shoes the preferred weapon against mass murderers?

    May 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hmm

    The police should just have this man tied up and have him work to pay each of the family members for the funerals etc. When he is done paying the people back then he will have to continue to help them pay bills!

    May 11, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Game256

    I accept the fairness of justice, etc. But why mass murderer looks great and feels better than any other in the courtroom? He fed, happy, smiling. And all that is called justice in this case – it is just a circus. So stupid...

    May 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hmm

    They are wasting people time going to court! The man did the killings! Why does this guy get the chance to go to court so many times? What is the point? Put the people through more pain? This is stupid! The law,it is messed up! Why not just have him live with Pres Obama! They could help each

    May 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patrick

    Next time, I hope someone throws acid at that smirking fascist creep.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Zoglet

    Breivik and Bush – truely a display of disgust that has international support!

    May 12, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
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