Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Norway gunman Anders Behring Breivik Calling me insane is racist

Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the bomb and shooting spree on July 22 that killed 77 people (AP)
Anders Breivik (right) talks with defence lawyer Geir Lippestad (AP)
French police officers work around the house of Jens Breivik, the father of Anders Behring Breivik, in Cournanel, southern France (AP)

Anders Behring Breivik claimed questions about his mental health were part of a racist plot to discredit his extreme anti-Muslim ideology yesterday as he attempted to prove he is not insane during the trial into his bombing and shooting spree in Norway last year.

Speaking on his final day of testimony, the 33-year-old, who has admitted killing 77 people in July in Oslo and at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utoya, said no-one would have asked for a psychiatric examination had he been a “bearded jihadist”.

“But, because I am a militant nationalist, I am being subjected to racism,” he said.

Breivik rejects criminal guilt, saying the victims betrayed their country by embracing immigration. Even the defence admits there is virtually no chance of an acquittal, so the key issue in the trial is whether Breivik is criminally insane. Two psychiatric examinations reached opposite conclusions.

Breivik, who insists he is sane, said: “I know I'm at risk of ending up at an insane asylum, and I'm going to do what I can to avoid that.”

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