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Breivik to give more evidence on details, motives of attacks

Throughout the first week of his trial, the Norwegian has spoken at ease about the killing of 77 people last July.

Flowers laid close to Utoya island in memory of the attack victims.
Flowers laid close to Utoya island in memory of the attack victims.
Image: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Images

ANDERS BEHRING BREIVIK continues to give evidence at an Oslo court today about the two attacks he admits carrying out in July 2011 which killed 77 people.

Breivik denies criminal responsibility for the bomb attack in Oslo and the mass shooting on the island of Utoya.

Addressing the court earlier this week, Breivik outlined the months and years he spent planning attacks, including taking a full year out of social contact to play video games and to prepare for the July attacks.

He also claimed he had planned to decapitate Norway’s former prime minister during the siege on Utoya, but the politician had left the youth labour event on the island earlier that day.

Sixty-nine people were shot dead on the island in an attack that followed a bombing in Oslo which killed eight people.

Breivik’s lawyer had indicated that today’s evidence will be the most difficult so far as the first week of the terror trial draws to a close. Today, he is expected to provide further evidence on the details of the attacks and his motives.

So far, Breivik has spoken at ease and shown no remorse over attacks, claiming he would mount the “spectacular” attacks again.

If found sane, Breivik faces a maximum 21-year prison sentence or an alternate custody arrangement which would keep him in detention for as long as he is considered a menace to society. If declared insane, Breivik would be committed to psychiatric care for as long as he is considered ill.

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