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Breivik Trial: Day One of the largest trial in Norway since WWII. MORNING SESSION: Anders Behring Breivik entered the court wearing a dark suit, white shirt and beige tie at 8:54 am. After shaking the hands of the counsel he took a seat, the trial began at 9:00 am. During this first half of the day, the accused has pleaded not guilty but has acknowledged the attacks stating that he was acting in self-defence. When Oslo District Court asked Breivik to confirm his personal details, he clarified that he was not unemployed, and called himself a writer.

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Breivik Trial: Day One of the largest trial in Norway since WWII

Published on Friday, 13th April, 2012 at 17:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith and Geetika Nautiyal      .
Last Updated on 17th April 2012 at 22:07.

MORNING SESSION: Anders Behring Breivik entered the court wearing a dark suit, white shirt and beige tie at 8:54 am. After shaking the hands of the counsel he took a seat, the trial began at 9:00 am.

Anders Behring Breivik (artist's illus.)
The picture is an artist's illustration only, not present in court todayAnders Behring Breivik (artist's illus.)
Photo: ©2012 Anon/The Foreigner


During this first half of the day, the accused has pleaded not guilty but has acknowledged the attacks stating that he was acting in self-defence.

When Oslo District Court asked Breivik to confirm his personal details, he clarified that he was not unemployed, and called himself a writer.

Breivik has several indictments against him including violating sections 148 and 233 of the penal code. These offenses involve committing a terrorist attack, the act of premeditated murder, disrupting vital functions in society, and causing fear in the population.

The court was also given details of how the attacks took place including that Breivik parked the VW Crafter van holding the 950-kilo bomb outside the government headquarters at approximately 15:17. It was stated he ignited the fuse, with the bomb exploding at about 15:22.

Breivik then used a Fiat Doblo to drive to Utøya where there were 564 people were on the island. 67 of those were killed by gunshots, two people died while trying to get away.

The names of each victim was read out to the court, as well the those of the 33 others who were injured. Breivik hardly moved while this took place.

During the prosecutor’s opening statement comments were made about Breivik’s life leading up to the July attacks. The court officer presented documents such as video and audio clips.

One of the key events discussed was Breivik’s involvement in the Knights Templar which he joined in April/May of 2002 in London. He also travelled to Liberia in the same year.

In 2006, Breivik chose to move towards violent action and abandon the techniques of the Knights Templar, although the prosecution believes that the organistation never existed.

The court was also told that Breivik had made 43 purchases from 36 suppliers in order to assemble the necessary equipment to make the bomb. 22 of these purchases were made in Norway, mostly on credit cards between September 2009 and July 2011.

In May 2011, he moved into the premises of a rented farm with the intention of assembling the bomb.

The court was then shown a video with Breivik’s ideals and political views, about which he will not begin speaking to the court until tomorrow.

It was during the showing of this video that Breivik began to cry wiping away tears when the film came to an end. The court was then adjourned for lunch.


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Published on Friday, 13th April, 2012 at 17:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith and Geetika Nautiyal      .
Last updated on 17th April 2012 at 22:07.

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