Breivik drops far-right salute

2012-04-19 11:02

Oslo - Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway last July, refrained from making his habitual far-right salute on Thursday after objections from survivors and victims' families.

The 33-year-old right-wing extremist, had started each trial day this week with what he has described as a far-right "clenched-fist salute" after his handcuffs were removed, touching his chest and extending his clenched right fist in front of him.

But on the fourth trial day, the gunman dressed in a black suit and a black and white striped tie dropped the move.

On Wednesday, lawyers for the survivors and the victims's families said their clients had objected to the gesture, and Breivik's lawyers said they had informed him of the complaint and asked him to avoid it on Thursday.

"We have discussed it with him... We hope he will take this into consideration tomorrow," Breivik's main lawyer Geir Lippestad told reporters on Wednesday evening, adding "We hope he won't do it."

On the third day of his trial, the accused was far less co-operative than he had been when he began giving testimony on Tuesday, refusing to answer more than 100 of the prosecution's questions.

Acquittal or death

He balked especially at questioning about a network of far-right militants called the Knights Templar, which Breivik claims to be part of but which the prosecution says doesn't exist, and his contacts with extremists in Liberia and London.

"You are trying to sow doubt about whether the network exists," he said, insisting though that he had not made up his contacts and claiming that there are in fact two other one-man cells in Norway "planning attacks" and who could strike at any time.

Breivik also told the court there were only two "legitimate outcomes of this case: Acquittal or the death penalty", deriding Norway's maximum 21-year prison sentence as "pathetic".

Breivik will only get prison if the court deems him sane - something he is fighting for so as not to delegitimise his Islamophobic and anti-multicultural ideology.

While the sentence then would be the maximum 21 years, it could be extended indefinitely if he is still considered a threat to society.

If found insane he could be sentenced to closed psychiatric care, possibly for life.

Cruel but necessary

On 22 July, Breivik first killed eight people last July when he set off a bomb in a van parked outside buildings housing the offices of Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who was not present at the time.

He then travelled to Utoya island where, dressed as a police officer, he spent more than an hour methodically shooting at hundreds of people attending a Labour Party youth summer camp.

The shooting spree claimed 69 lives, mostly teens trapped on the small island surrounded by icy waters. It was the deadliest massacre ever committed by a lone gunman.

Breivik entered a plea of not guilty at the start of his trial, saying his acts were "cruel but necessary".

  • Kato - 2012-04-19 11:27

    Why waste tax payer's money and judges time on such a thing like him. why not just put him in front of a firing squard of 77 and each fire a bullet starting from th toes to the head. Aaaaaaarg. The Devil's own.

      Rob - 2012-04-19 11:34

      Agreed. I hope some family member smuggles a gun into court & shoots him in the knees, legs & then the coup de grace between the eyes. He will forever be a threat to society & if released after 21 years or sooner, must be killed. You cannot rehabilitate a person like this.

      Rob - 2012-04-19 12:24

      He kills 77 people in cold blood & you are giving me the thumbs down !!!!

      wesleywt - 2012-04-19 12:48

      Don't worry about it Rob. News24 commenters are a bit looney themselves. You should see what happens when you tell them not to speed at 200km/h.

      JJ - 2012-04-19 14:49

      Agree with Rob...let the families take their revenge personally

  • Johan - 2012-04-19 11:39

    This is what happens when the death penalty is abolished!

      Kacee - 2012-04-19 14:42

      Thats dumb, he asking for death penalty.

  • Regant - 2012-04-19 11:51


  • Du Mabaso - 2012-04-19 12:02

    Rob Rob Rob

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-19 12:02

    Damn SAVAGE MF,

  • Jerzy - 2012-04-19 13:46

    Judging by the amount of thumbs down on some posts,looks like crackpot christian fundamentalist breivick has some support on news24. Why not come out of the closet and share your love and devotion for this fundamentalist and his wicked ways with all. Show your ugly faces if you have the guts.

  • Raven - 2012-04-19 14:03

    The time of homegrown terrorism is here. Perhaps you agree with Breivik, perhaps not. Just remember that if you do not agree with your government that you may be declared a terrorist too...

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-19 16:09

    As IOL didn't want to print my last reply he we go again, the salute used by Beivick is the standard left wing salute used by and made famous by both Nelson and Winne Mandela and which the BBC has now admitted is not a right wing anything. The media is actively misrepresenting the facts

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