Video: Breivik claims he acted in self defence and asks court to acquit him of all charges
NORWEIGAN mass murderer Anders Breivik spent 65 minutes reading a statement in court this morning, arguing that Europe has turned into a multi-cultural "hell".
Anders Behring Breivik is giving evidence on the second day of his trial for killing 77 people in Norway in two attacks last summer. As he read from his prepared statement, he was interrupted four times by the judge, who asked him to be brief and show consideration for the victims.
However, he was allowed 65 minutes to expound his views, invoking an array of historical figures ranging from Sitting Bull to quoting from Enoch Powell’s rivers of blood speech. He even compared the youth wing of the Norwegian Labour party to the Hitler Youth, coming close to arguing that his rampage on the island was justified retribution.
"I cannot plead guilty," he said. "I acted in defence of my culture and of my people and so I ask to be acquitted."
He lashed out at Norwegian and European governments for embracing immigration and multiculturalism:"Sarkozy, Merkel and Cameron have all admitted multiculturalism does not work," he claimed during the reading of the statement which judges had ruled could not be televised.
Breivik defended his massacre of 77 people, insisting he would do it again and calling the bomb-and-shooting rampage the most "spectacular" attack by a nationalist militant since World War II.
Reading from a prepared 13 page statement, which Breivik said he had to cut from 20 pages he told the court:
“I'm not scared of the prospect of being imprisoned. I was born in a prison and I have spent my life in a prison... this prison is called Norway. It doesn't matter if I am locked into a cell, because you know that all areas will end up in a multicultural Hell that we call Oslo.”
Earlier a lay Judge in the trial was dramatically dismissed after it emerged that he had written on his Facebook account that the mass murderer should face the death penalty.
The main judge, Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen, told the court: "We understand that the events affected many people... and the statement came before he was a lay judge, but the statements may weaken trust in his impartiality".
She then appointed Anne Wisloff to replace Thomas Indrebro.
Lay judge Thomas Indreboe – who normally works as a receptionist - had publicly said that the only "just" punishment for Breivik is the death penalty.
Breivik had a large smirk on his face while the discussions were being held about his removal from the case.
The live feed of the case was then cut so as not to televise Breivik’s evidence to avoid giving him a platform for his beliefs.
Before the court started, journalists were spoken to by the translators who said that "self-defence" was a misleading translation for the grounds for acquittal Breivik is invoking.
A better translation would be "necessity", they said as the clause he's referring to is about defence of property and defence of others, not solely about defence of your own person.
The court has now broken for lunch and will resume at 12.30 local time.