The man who killed 77 people last summer in Norway says he did in self defense.
Anders Breivik arrived in court making a far-right salute and stated that he does not recognize the Norwegian court.
He told judge Wenche Elisabeth Arntzen: “I do not recognize the Norwegian courts. You have received your mandate from political parties which support multiculturalism. I do not acknowledge the authority of the court.”
Breivik sat composed while Prosecutors read the names of his victims and details of the murders. It took well over 30 minutes to finish.
After hearing the charges, Breivik told the judge it was in “self defense.” He added, “I acknowledge the acts but I do not plead guilty, I claim that I was doing it in self defence.”
The trial is expected to last ten weeks.
The events of July 22, 2011 sent shockwaves to Norway and the whole world. That day Breivik set off a bomb in Oslo killing eight people. He then set out to kill 69 people, mainly teenagers, at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya island just outside of the Norwegian capital.
Breivik has claimed that the attack was necessary to protect Norway from being taken over by Muslims and to prevent ethnic cleansing of Norwegians.
The troubling part of this trial is that his punishment will be based on the determination of his sanity. If he is deemed insane, it is possible that he may not receive the maximum penalty.