UPDATED: The final day of the biggest trial in Norway since WWII involved Anders Behring Breivik’s defence team giving their final comments. Geir Lippestad, whose conclusions took around three hours, began.
Lippestad started by outlining the case, telling the court that he had originally believed Breivik to be insane, but states the defence team believes him to be sane. He also stated that Breivik wishes to be freed, as he was protecting Norway with his actions.
The defence counsel referred to the four psychiatric experts that examined Breivik, and said the court can base its decision on either of the assumptions made on his sanity.
Lippestad discussed the first psychiatric report, as well as what the experts saw as the core of Breivik’s delusion.
He also said that Breivik’s mother has denied that there were any violent incidences in his childhood.
Lipppestad went on to describe what social activities Breivik has been involved in, including going to the gym and being a member of a shooting club. He said the shooting club will have looked out for certain types of behaviour in their members.
Lippestad then moved on to the events of July 22nd, referring to it as an inferno of violence with no indications that an event like that would happen.
He then proceeded to relate Breivik’s political involvement and his involvement with the youth wing of the Progress Party (FpU).
Lippestad then discussed Breivik’s manifesto and his strategy of sending it to 400 people within the media.
He told the court that Breivik’s logic seems foreign to most people but it is the logic of the extreme right.
Lippestad said that no one had the right to kill but that Breivik knew that it was wrong to do so, stating that the call Breivik made to the police is proof that his client knew it was wrong.
Lippestad argued that being the leader of a guild in World of Warcraft needed great organisational skills.
He talked about the amount of experts that have observed Breivik’s behaviour and that they have found no sign of psychosis.
Lippestad called for Breivik to be acquitted, knowing that this is not possible, but expressed that this is Breivik’s wish.
The court then heard statements from witnesses who discussed the events and the people it affected. Many were tearful in the courtroom.
When it was Breivik’s turn to speak, a considerable number of those present walked out of courtroom 250 in protest.
Breivik described his own actions as barbaric, also saying that says that 35 out of 37 people who have examined him found him to be sane.
The accused claimed that the mass democracy model does not work and that Norway and Europe need a shift in leadership.
Among his statements, he raised questions about the ages of those that were on Utøya during his attack, saying he is not a child murderer and the average age of those killed was over 18.
He claimed that he has committed a small evil to prevent a greater evil, and declared that he wishes to be found innocent.
After his comments, Judge Wenche Arntzen concluded the trial by stating that the court’s verdict will be on 24th August.
The Foreigner asked Geir Lippestad at the press conference afterwards about his views as to which account will come out of the trial.
"We will get a version of the truth, but there is a lot of doumentation. We haven't seen the nature of Right-Wing extremism, and the press must investigate more about what is happening in Europe," he stated.
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