As the week draws to a close the court in Oslo, Norway, has listened to further testimony by murderer Anders Breivik. It is Day Five in the trial which is gripping Norway. The killing of 77 people in July 2011 remains unexplained.
Yesterday Breivik insisted that given the chance he would do it all again. He also said yesterday that he wanted to kill everyone on Utoya Island. Today, Friday April 20, 2012 he has slightly changed his stance.
Reporting from the trial the BBC said, "Anders Behring Breivik has described how he shot people who were "begging for their lives" during his island rampage in which dozens died last July.Testifying before an Oslo court, he described seeing people curled up and "completely paralysed" as he reloaded his weapon and shot them in the head. Earlier the 33-year-old said he was normally a nice person but had shut off his emotions to carry out the attacks."
The court is attempting to ascertain whether Breivik was sane when he carried out the murders or not. Certainly the above testimony hardly sounds like it came from a sane person.
Today Breivik told the hushed court that he had a 100 voices in his head telling him not to carry out the murders. He told the court he did not want to carry out his established plan of action. He talked as if he had no choice in the matter and had been unable to resist.
He described the killings saying, "Some of them are completely paralysed. They cannot run" "Two people were curled up."He said he reloaded after running out of ammunition. "People were begging for their lives. I just shot them in the head."
He remained emotionless as he gave evidence but many people in the court were visibly moved and cried. Throughout his testimony Brevik appeared a confused and emotional wreck. He told the court he was able to feel sadness and how the death of a person he knew affected him badly. He maintained that he had carefully dehumanized himself long before the killings took place in order to carry them out.
He still insists that he is sane and acted out of political extremism. For most people those words alone though would signal insanity.
It seems that Anders Breivik had tried to get his point of view across in other ways before he went on a killing spree. He had lobbied politicians, joined political parties, become involved in Internet debate and more. None however to his mind had made a scrap of political difference. This led to him deciding on violence as the only way forward.
Utoya became the place where the majority of Breivik's victims were killed. Initially he had thought that the Oslo bombing would be his main attack. He had envisaged the building collapsing and it turning into a major disaster. As it was 8 people died in the city compared to 77 on the island of Utoya
The trial continues...
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog