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Norway: Smirking assassin Breivik faces massacre survivors in Oslo court

Mass killer Anders Breivik appeared before a Norwegian court today in his last remand hearing before trial.

The right-wing extremist who confessed to a bombing and mass shooting that killed 77 people this time agreed to let himself be photographed before the proceedings began.

Norweigian TV went live to show the 32-year-old - dark suited, hands in cuffs and smirking - being led into the court. As he sat, Breivik pulled a piece of paper from his right jacket pocket, apparently with notes he had prepared for the hearing.

About 100 survivors and relatives of the victims of the July 22 massacre attended the hearing in Oslo's district court - expected to decide to keep Breivik in jail until his trial begins in April.

Breivik has admitted he carried out the bombing outside the government headquarters in Oslo and the shooting massacre at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya island, outside the capital.

But he denies criminal guilt, saying he is a commander of a militant organisation aiming to overthrow European governments and replace them with "patriotic" regimes that would deport Muslim immigrants.

Police have not found any trace of his supposed network of "Knights Templar" and say Breivik carried out the attacks on his own.

A psychiatric evaluation has found him criminally insane. He has refused to cooperate with psychiatrists working on a second, court-ordered evaluation of his mental health.

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