Breivik won't appeal his verdict - lawyer

2012-08-24 13:51

Oslo - Norway mass killer Anders Behring Breivik will not appeal an Oslo court's verdict on Friday finding him sane and sending him to prison for 21 years, his lawyer said after the conviction was handed down.

"He says he won't appeal now that he has been found sane," Geir Lippestad told journalists outside the courtroom during a break in the proceedings.

The 33-year-old far-right extremist wanted to be found sane so that his Islamophobic and anti-multicultural ideology would not be seen as the rantings of a crazy person.

Breivik smiled on Friday as the verdict and sentence were read out.

During his 10-week trial, he had confessed to the attacks, seeing himself as a Nordic warrior against Europe's "Muslim invasion" and all those who promote multiculturalism.

Sentence extension

The main question the court had to determine was whether he was sane and could be held responsible for his actions.

"He said the verdict was not a surprise," another of Breivik's lawyers, Odd Ivar Groen, told the online version of tabloid Verdens Gang during the break.

Breivik is expected to serve his sentence at the high-security Ila prison near Oslo.

The sentence can be extended indefinitely as long as Breivik is considered a threat to society.

The prosecution, which had called for Breivik to be ordered to undergo psychiatric care on the basis of a medical evaluation that found him to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, has the option to appeal the verdict.

  • Abshai Ndlovu - 2012-08-24 14:29

    The sentence was too lenient to say the least. 21 years for killing 77 lives? I am outraged!! He should have got death sentence period!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-24 14:52

      Abshai- I've followed this with great interest and to me the biggest thing people have missed is that everything , even the verdict today and his imprisonment are going exactly to his plans. This is why people are blown away that he is smiling in court . The only analogy for what he has conducted against Norwegian society that i can try parrallel it too is the Joker from the Dark Knight :(an afront to their core values by means of illogical , unreasonable and unpredictable but intelligently orchestrated horror) Alfred Pennyworth: With respect Master Wayne, perhaps this is a man that *you* don't fully understand, either. A long time ago, I was in Burma. My friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So, we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never met anybody who traded with him. One day, I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away. Bruce Wayne: So why steal them? Alfred Pennyworth: Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn. This verdict is another win for him.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-08-24 15:20

    Today we got a mass killer getting 21 years, and a homeless non-violent robber getting life in america. Humans make sense.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-08-24 20:16

      Human rights you wanna say?

  • apocrypham - 2012-08-24 15:38

    This man KNOWS that Islam is evil and a source of SATAn where they deny their own QURAN. Islam needs a total renewal as given us by Dr Rashad Khalifa (who they killed on a fatwa) and now his successor, EDIP YUKSEL, reveals in his work in total rejection and DENIAL of the HADITH where Muhammad is Hypostasized as Satan does to uplift himself over God.KILLING was a LAST resort and he wants to be a MARTYR. However, the TRUTH is that we should always REVEAL the TRUTH as this is all that can ever destroy a false ideology and again REVEAL the TRUTH of the Name of GOD/ALLAH, in the QURAN to the people and then all of Islam will worship God eternal as ONE, in the Name of Jesus Christ as in sura 74:30,...sura 19:19-21.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-08-24 15:40

      Just gtfo

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-24 16:27

      I don't understand what you are trying to say!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-08-24 16:32

      He is trying to say that his beliefs are better than others.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-08-24 20:16

    I am sure he won't. He's got only 21 yrs in prison with a possibility of parole. In other words for taking 77 lives he's been rewarded with food, shelter, free medical care etc. More than likely he'll be allowed to use internet and writing facilities so its a perfect chance for him to write a biography of the hero himself which is definitely going to be a best seller for neo-nazis and trash like that. According to this he comes out of jail in lets say about 10 yrs having made really good bucks and being as famous as his idol fuhrer. What a way to become a millionaire without paying a slightest effort just by killing dozens of the innocent! This is @@@@king european justice and protection of human rights for you.

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