Day four of Anders Behring Breivik's testimony was perhaps the most difficult for listeners. Today, he described the horrific details of his shooting attack on Utøya.
At the beginning of his testimony, Breivik warned those who did not wish to listen to stop doing so, calling the details he was about to reveal "horrendous". He then began describing the events chronologically after he arrived at the island, wearing a fake police uniform.
"I had 100 voices in my head telling me not to do it," Breivik said. Nevertheless, he then remembered thinking, "it's now or never". Moments later, he claimed to have pulled the trigger and shot two people in the head.
As the people in the courtroom listened in silence, he continued, “People were begging for their lives. I just shot them in the head." He described many of his victims as being curled up and completely paralyzed as he fired at them.
Breivik claimed to understand why his testimony was horrifying to others, but said he had planned to dehumanize himself in 2006 so as to prepare himself for the killings. As he shot one after the other, he remembered shouting, "you are going to die today Marxists,” he told the court.
The accused also recounted the two times that he made two calls to the police emergency telephone to surrender, but claimed that he could not get through and subsequently continued to shoot at people. He also spoke about the equipment that he was carrying with him.
As a part of his 90–minute testimony, which proceeded without any interruptions, Breivik also talked of his arrest. He said he put down his rifle and was ordered to lie down on the ground. The police then asked him if he was carrying any explosives, before he was then taken to the main house on the island to be questioned.
The court adjourned at 15:00 CET. Breivik's testimony was not aired but only conveyed by reporters who were present in the courtroom.
Compiled by Geetika Nautiyal
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