April 16th, 2012
10:44 AM ET

Norway rampage suspect claims self-defense justifies killings

The man accused of killing 77 people in a bomb-and-gun rampage in Norway last summer claimed as he went on trial for terrorism and murder Monday that self-defense justified his actions.

"I acknowledge the acts but do not plead guilty, and I claim I was doing it in self-defense," Anders Behring Breivik told a court in Oslo. The court recorded a plea of not guilty for him.

Prosecutors played a recording of a terrified girl phoning for help during the shooting spree that left 69 people dead, many of them teens and young adults. The audio was punctuated by constant firing in the background.

They also showed security camera video of the central Oslo bomb blast that killed eight people, images that participants in the trial watched with ashen faces.


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  1. Jeff Kuryk

    One way forensic counsellors can try to reinvigorate a political psychopath's soul is to pay them well to read, "Every Man Dies Alone" by Hans Fallada. Instruct them to identify each character as they appear in the novel and detail their eventual fate. They might also benefit from viewing "What is the Meaning of Life" on YouTube; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjIAQQUTCNQI

    April 16, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. CenTexan©

    He must of heard of the shooting in Florida....will be claiming he was standing his ground.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Phil Spectre

    He was a White Norwegian.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    He was an evil one for sure! And whether he was sane or insane, he needs to be kept away from the civilised population for life!

    April 16, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Just great.
    Insanity,then self defense. All terrorists should plead the same.
    But then countries plead self defense for attacking other countries and tens of thousands die.Countries announce plans to attack other countries in self defense and the world nods its insane head in agreement.
    Big deal.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    @ saywhat,
    Only when the media and world powers have given sufficient cause to do so. (we must set the *stage* so they will except us invading/occupying to steal their countries resources)
    Really how many times much the people watch the same play before they wake up and realize it's for show to cover up what's really going on.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    From what? The songs emanating from his fillings?
    The dentist coulda have taken care of that....

    Self defense.
    Yeah, ok.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • CenTexan©

      Good one Banasy! Wish I had thought of that one! haha

      April 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    @ banasy
    lol. That was good.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    Self defense? Only a paranoid schitzoid afraid everyone was after him or a coward who cannot face the consequences of his actions.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    Not me above
    carry on

    April 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    Of course it was self-defense. The poor guy was outnumbered 77 to 1.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Bomb = self defense?? Wow...just....WOW...

    April 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. **cosmicVox *

    ... He was defending his self-delusion! {and good one Bombo!}

    April 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Tounge-in-Cheek awards go to banasy, BOMBO & **cosmicvox*! Lol!!

    April 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ronvan

    This is just part of the problems the entire world faces. Racism, Bigotry, Uneducated, Religious fanatics, you name it!
    Crazy, Insane, or sane, who gives a hoot! ANYONE capable of doing something like this deserves to be shot!! Period.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh well, what if he...nah, you're right.
      He's gotta go.

      April 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
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