Tuesday 20 March 2018

Outrage as judge seen playing solitaire at Breivik trial

Julia Gronnevet in Oslo

A JUDGE at the trial of mass-killer Anders Behring Breivik has sparked outrage after he was caught on camera playing solitaire in court.

In a picture published in Norwegian media, Ernst Henning Eielsen, one of the five judges presiding over the case, can be seen playing the card game on his computer.

Meanwhile, Breivik told the Norwegian court yesterday about numerous instances from his childhood and adolescence when he was supposedly slighted by Muslims, seeming to suggest that these incidents played a role in his radicalisation.

Breivik testified that when he was seven years old his friend's Turkish father wrecked his bicycle, and at the age of 15 he was slapped by a Pakistani subway driver for riding on the outside of a subway car.

The court sat stunned as Breivik, who has admitted to killing 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage last summer in Norway, read a litany of such grievances from a sheet of paper. .

In 1995, he said one of his close friends had been "threatened" by a Kosovo-Albanian youth while waiting for the tram, and Breivik also heard that the little sister of one of his friends had been cut with a knife -- an incident he knew nothing about but still ascribed to Muslims.

When asked by a judge whether he had any positive experiences with Muslims, Breivik responded: "One good thing about Muslims is that they're very loyal."

The hearing yesterday was part of the defence's testimony, which included expert witnesses such as a psychiatrist and an academic researcher.

Irish Independent

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