June 22nd, 2012
04:23 AM ET

Breivik trial for killing of 77 people comes to a close in Norway

The trial of accused mass killer Anders Breivik on charges of voluntary homicide and committing acts of terror in Norway last summer is due to come to a close Friday.

Breivik has admitted carrying out the attack on a youth camp on Utoya Island that killed 69 people and a bombing in Oslo that killed eight on July 22.

Breivik, who boasts of being an ultranationalist who killed his victims to fight multiculturalism in Norway, says he acted out of "necessity."

His defense lawyer, Geir Lippestad, is expected to argue Friday that he should be given a full acquittal.

The issue of Breivik's sanity is at the heart of the case.

Norwegian prosecutors asked Thursday that Breivik be transferred to a psychiatric institution because they believe he is mentally ill, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office told CNN. If that does not happen, prosecutors will ask for 21 years of prison for Breivik.


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  1. Hope

    There's a reason the prosecution w
    ants him deemed insane. Their prisons are cushy, if you know what I mean... like living in a condo at the country club. He'll be out in seven. Better this mentality be looked into. Loooong and HARD!

    Justice for the children,
    EVERY single one.

    As wigged out as this guy is, he'll never get out!
    (That's a good thing)


    June 22, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
    • lina

      I am from Norway and belive the system here is bad........jail is like a long holiday and rooms like hotel.... i wish he would be in a real jail and feel the pain as he caused so many families by taken there children away from them....all then lost lifes and he sit there and smile....ok 21 one years is to little he hould have been locked up for life and he migth even get out after 10 years minus the 400 somthing days he has been kept inside.....i find it horrific how Norwgian spend time in jail!!!!!!

      August 24, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hope


    4:00 Feeding, burping, diaper change and snugglin'. She's adorable... Nite or top of the morning to you!


    She looks just like her mother... beautiful!
    I think I'm gonna love being a grandmother!


    Take it easy on 'em... but, keep it up! I like it.

    Philip and Mary:

    I hear wedding bells in your future.


    Just kidding...

    June 22, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Good morning@Hope and thanks for this perky piece and the tip.
    Enjoy the day.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    As for this terrorist now downgraded to a 'killer', he in all probability is enjoying the proceedings.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Go Romney go! - Hoorah!"

    Can a genuinely mentally ill person, sucessfully plot murder against almost 100 human beings? No.
    Can a genuinely mentally ill person, avoid detection by police, military, and average citizens? No.
    Can a genuinely mentally ill person, know how to build technically complicated ordinances, to bring down buildings and kill many people "at a specified time"? No.
    Can a genuinely mentally ill person, have complete technical knowledge of guns, and have the capabliities of aiming and killing other human beings with deadly accuracy. No.
    So now his lawyer wants his animal client aquitted, in order to run the streets again?
    Maybe they should aquit him, and buy a brand new collection of high powered hunting rifles and khaki clothing too.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Sieg Heil

      He's a genius and visionary beyond your simplistic comprehension. You are constrained by the petty structures of flawed men. He is not. He saw clearly what needed to be done and did it. He has the courage of his convictions, which you will never know. You're a pathetic bystander watching the game. He's hitting a home run bases loaded.

      June 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Looks loke a whole lot of hijacking was going on before I came on here!
    Obviously, I don't know what Hope is referring to; I can only guess it has to do with her new grandaughter!
    I'm never up that early.
    Congratulations to you and your daughter on the birth of your grandaughter, Hope.
    Being a Grandma is cool!

    June 22, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, and Mr Breivik is nuts!

      Oh, yes, they can...if they genuinely belive what they're doing is right, they absolutely can do all of that.
      Being insane doesn't mean being stupid.
      Lots of brilliant insane people running around.

      June 22, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    The parameters for "criminally insane" are very limited in our land, but, as banasy pointed out, insane doesn't necessarily mean incapacitated! We like our insane criminals to be drooling, glassy eyed & unable to understand spoken words! But look at the case of Andrea Yates! The state put her in prison 1st, because she didn't fit that criteria! She had planned, was methodical & then called the law! However, in prison it became clear to the state that she was indeed insane, needed meds & constant supervision, which is why she is now in a facility better equipped to deal w/her type of insanity! Also, we can't compare our system w/other nations! Norway believes in "rehabilitation" & has set up their prisons to provide that! We claim that's how our system works, but as we know, it's an utter failure! Norwegian prosecutors know they will be able to monitor & medicate Breivik better in an asylum! And he'll never get out!!

    June 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    "A lot of brilliant insane people running around" that is good @ banasy.
    but that I think doesn't describe this terrorist. Your hint that this kind may believe what they are doing is right does seem to fit this one though.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hope

    He was an extremist... with a cause,
    so he kills all those kids at a peaceful

    77 ?

    Took a lot of planning, what he did.

    June 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kafantaris2

    It as a lasting testament to our civility that the parents of the scores of teenage children Anders Breivik methodically killed have not ripped his heart out with their bare hands. But to continue to give this coward, this pathetic loser, this depraved monster, a forum for his obsessive ramblings adds insult to injury.
    Those detached enough to consider that perhaps Breivik might have something to say should reflect that in the free market place of ideas his divisive thinking won very little support. To have to listen to his fixated ideas over and over not only perverts justice, but also beats the drums for vengeance.
    The sanctity of human life does not permit us to consider even the possibility that there might be some validity in what Breivik is saying. He should find no audience with any of us. His killings have shaken us all to the core. And though infamy and oblivion might be the worse a civilized society would deal him, may he never find peace on earth as long as he lives.

    June 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Nice Post!


      June 24, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rascal Rabble

    why is it when you know without a doubt your client did it, the defense strategy is to proceed so his guilty client becomes the victim and the innocent incurs fault?

    June 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hope

    For where he lived, he IS insane.

    Let the punishment "fit" the crime...

    June 24, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Greek American

    21 years? That's all this guy is going to get for a sentence in prison?

    June 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |