Anders Behring Breivik, accused of killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting spree last year, flashed a Nazi-style salute on the first day of his trial in Oslo on Monday. He admitted to the massacre, but pleaded not guilty, saying he doesn't recognize the authority of the Norwegian court system.
NPR's Eric Westervelt reporting from the trial, says the self-proclaimed anti-Muslim militant told the court he had acted to "protect" Europe from being taken over by Muslims.
Now, the man who has confessed to carrying out Norway's worst peacetime atrocity goes on trial today. Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist, raised his fist in a Nazi-style salute after bailiffs removed his handcuffs in the courtroom. Breivik has told authorities he acted to protect Norway from Muslims. The rampage in Oslo and at a youth camp left 77 people dead and dozens injured. NPR's Eric Westervelt is in Oslo and reports that the central issue for judges will be Breivik's mental health.
Norwegians will be confronted again this week with the terrible details and trauma of the worst peacetime attack in the country's history.
Police say last July 22, Anders Behring Breivik set off a car bomb in the center of Oslo near government offices. The blast killed eight people and spun residents and police into a state of chaotic alarm and confusion.
Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man who confessed to killing 77 people last July, was not criminally insane when he bombed a government building and gunned unarmed people down at a youth conference, according to two psychiatrists appointed by a court in Norway.
The new development comes days before Behring Breivik's trial is set to begin, on April 16.