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Breivik trial Day 19: Witness' dignity and sense of humour amaze court. Oslo District Court heard testimony from Ina Rangønes Libak (22) on today’s 19th day of the Anders Behring Breivik trial. She survived the assault on Utøya, despite being very seriously injured in the attack. Her courage and good humour affected those in courtroom 250. As she progressed through telling about the most terrifying ordeal, there was for once laughter in Court 250. 13 people died in the café building that day. Ina was doing the washing up when the shooting began. She hid with two other people behind a piano.

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Breivik trial Day 19: Witness' dignity and sense of humour amaze court

Published on Tuesday, 15th May, 2012 at 13:28 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.
Last Updated on 16th May 2012 at 09:35.

Oslo District Court heard testimony from Ina Rangønes Libak (22) on today’s 19th day of the Anders Behring Breivik trial. She survived the assault on Utøya, despite being very seriously injured in the attack.

Oslo District Courthouse
Oslo District Courthouse
Photo: ©2012 Michael Sandelson/The Foreigner


Her courage and good humour affected those in courtroom 250. As she progressed through telling about the most terrifying ordeal, there was for once laughter in Court 250.

13 people died in the café building that day. Ina was doing the washing up when the shooting began. She hid with two other people behind a piano.

At first, she did not realise that Breivik was in the room with them. Breivik shot her in the arm, jaw and chest.

Ina smiled showed her injuries to the court. When State Prosecutor Svein Holden said that they were not easy to see, she told him that she had put makeup over some of the wounds to her face, smiling before indicating where it was.

Although it felt to her as if both arms had been shot away, she remembers thinking that she could survive that.

Breivik then shot her in the chest. She fled down the corridor, thinking to herself, “this is what it feels like to die. I'm dying.”

After she had escaped from the building, she joined a group of other injured people. They tended each other's wounds and kept each other calm.

All the while, she said, she could hear shots, then silence, then further shots.

When Libak was finally rescued, she told a friend not to look at her because she was so horribly injured. Her friend replied, “No, Ina, you are very, very beautiful.”

Libak recounted that on arrival at hospital that, “I was fascinated by the woman working there... leading the team; I felt it was good for equality.” 

In the aftermath of the shootings, Libak underwent five operations on her bullet wounds. She has suffered from nightmares and negative thoughts since that day. Nonetheless, she has managed to complete her university studies on schedule.

Libak's sense of humour in the face of her ordeal brought forth laughter in the court several times. The prosecution described her as having an outlook on life that was “well above average positivity.”



Published on Tuesday, 15th May, 2012 at 13:28 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.
Last updated on 16th May 2012 at 09:35.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, breiviktrialoslo, oslodistrictcourt, utoeyashootings, utoya.





  
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