It was the 3rd day in trial of the estranged killer Anders Behring Breivik and the terrotist took no time in insulting the Norwegian prison system by calling the terms "pathetic," and then also told the court what sentence he should get by claiming the death penalty or a full acquittal were the "only logical outcomes" for his killings...
"If I had feared death I would not have dared to
carry out this operation," he said, referring to his July 22 attacks - a
bombing in downtown Oslo that killed eight and a shooting massacre at a
youth camp outside the Norwegian capital that killed 69 people.
comments of Breivik came as he was pressed to give details on the
anti-Muslim militant group he claims to belong to but which prosecutors
say doesn't exist as he describes. Several unrelated groups claim part
of that "Knights Templar" name.
The 33-year-old Norwegian
acknowledged that his supposed crusader network is "not an organization
in a conventional sense" but insisted that it is for real. "It is not in
my interest to shed light on details that could lead to arrests," he
said refusing to comment on the group's alleged other members. The issue
is of key importance in determining Breivik's sanity, and whether he's
sent to prison or compulsory psychiatric care for the bomb-and-shooting
massacre that shocked Norway.
"I view 21 years in prison as a
pathetic sentence," Breivik said. Asked by the prosecutor if he would
rather have received a death penalty - which does not exist in current
Norwegian law. "I don't wish for it but I would have respected that
decision," he said. "There are only two outcomes in this case that I had
respected, that that is the death penalty or acquittal."
claims to have carried out the attacks on behalf of the "Knights
Templar," which he described in the 1,500-page compendium he posted
online before the attacks as a militant nationalist group fighting a
Muslim colonization of Europe.
Breivik said it exists but police
just hadn't done a good enough job in uncovering it. The group consists
of "independent cells," he added, "and therefore in the long term will
be a leaderless organization."
Prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh
pressed him about details on the group, its members and its meetings.
Breivik claimed to have met a Serb "war hero" living in exile during a
trip to Liberia in 2002, but he refused to identify him.
"What is it you're getting at?" Breivik told the prosecutor, then answered the question himself,
saying prosecutors want to "sow doubt over whether the KT network exists."
main point of his defense is to avoid an insanity ruling, which would
deflate his political arguments. One official psychiatric evaluation
found him psychotic and "delusional," while another found him mentally
competent to be sent to prison.
Breivik also refused to give
details on what he claims was the founding session of the "Knights
Templar" in London in 2002. He conceded, however, that he embellished
somewhat in the manifesto when he described members at the founding
session as "brilliant political and military tacticians of Europe."
Breivik testified that he had used "pompous" language and described them instead as "people with great integrity."
Bejer Engh challenged him on whether the meeting had taken place at all.
"Yes, there was a meeting in London," Breivik insisted.
"It's not something you have made up?" Engh countered.
"I haven't made up anything. What is in the compendium is correct," he said.
Later, he answered with more nuance.
is nothing that is made up, but you have to see what is written in a
context. It is a glorification of certain ideals," Breivik said.
defensive answers contrasted with the assertive posture he took Tuesday
when he read a prepared statement to the court, boasting that he had
carried out the most "spectacular" attack by a nationalist militant
since World War II.
His stance has angered victim support groups.
think what we are watching is the revelation of a sort of fantasy or a
dream," said Christin Bjelland, deputy head of a support group for
survivors of the July 22 2011 brutal killings.