April 24, 2012, day seven of the trial of multiple killer Anders Behring Breivik in Oslo, Norway.
After giving testimony to the court for days it was the turn of Breivik to listen. Today witnesses were giving evidence on the July 22, 2011 massacre, the day when Breivik killed 77 people. The bomb attack in Oslo involved a 950-kg fertilizer bomb which caused terrible injuries to some of the dead. For members of the emergency services dealing with the aftermath of the explosion in Oslo it was carnage. More than 100 body parts wee found scattered around the area.
The day in court was once more very hard for the relatives of those killed by Breivik. Images shown of autopsies reduced many to tears. Specific images of injuries sustained were only shown to court officials and those deemed as needing to view them.
Through most of the day in court Beivik remained seemingly emotionless. A flicker of a smile flit across his face when a security guard was giving evidence. This fleeting sign of life was in response to the guard's assessment that Breivik's reason for the murders was “totally absurd.”
Police operations leader Thor Langli went on to describe the day's events in Oslo and in the government buildings. Many twists of fate led to police not reaching the island of Utoya for some time. By then 69 people had been killed on the island. Breivik has said that he was prepared to die that day and was sure that he would be killed before he carried out the Island attack. It goes without saying that it would have been so much easier, and better for many, if he had.
The trial continues and is expected to last for nine weeks.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog