Breivik: I'm victim of racist plot
Desperate to prove he is not insane, mass killer Anders Breivik has claimed questions about his mental health were part of racist plot to discredit his extreme anti-Muslim ideology.
Breivik, who has admitted to killing 77 people in a bombing and youth camp massacre, said that 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 grave racism," he said. "They are trying to delegitimise everything I stand for."
Breivik rejects criminal guilt for the rampage on July 22, saying the victims had betrayed their country by embracing immigration. Even the defence admits there is no chance of an acquittal, so the key issue to be determined in the trial is whether Breivik is criminally insane.
Two psychiatric examinations reached opposite conclusions on that point. Breivik himself insists he is sane, and accuses the prosecutors of trying to make him look irrational.
"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," he told the Oslo court.
Breivik became defensive as prosecutors quizzed him about sections of the 1,500-page manifesto he posted online before the attacks. It describes uniforms, medals, greetings and codes of conduct for the "Knights Templar" militant group that he claims to belong to. Prosecutors do not believe it exists.
Breivik, 33, showed no remorse as he continued his shocking testimony about his shooting spree at the annual summer youth camp of the governing Labor Party.
Calling the rampage "necessary," Breivik compared being shunned by those close to him to the grief of the bereaved. "The only difference was that for my part it was a choice," he said.
The self-styled crusader apologised to the family of a pub owner who was among the eight people killed in the blast outside the government offices in Oslo, saying it was not his intention to kill "civilians." Asked if he wanted to express a similar apology to the families of the other victims, including the 69 killed on the youth camp on Utoya island her replied: "No I don't. Utoya is a political indoctrination camp."