Crime

Accused Shooter Anders Breivik Weeps During Trial After Creepy Anti-Muslim Video Plays

Calls the allegation that he is mentally unstable 'ridiculous'

The accused Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik broke down in tears during the first day of his trial, though not at the time one might expect.

According to reports, Breivik calmly entered the court room and gave a closed fist salute.  He showed little emotion when the prosecution played footage of the carnage he wreaked, and sat in silence when they played a recording of a frantic young woman calling her mother amid the mayhem.

He did, however, shed plenty of tears when the court played a 12-minute, anti-Muslim video he posted on YouTube before the attack.  The Telegraph captured footage of the event, which it interspersed with images from the video:

Breivik admits to killing 8 in an Oslo bomb blast last July, and then 69 in a subsequent shooting spree, but is pleading "not guilty" as, in his mind, the attack was self-defense.

The defendant maintains that Norway's embrace of multiculturalism is a threat to the country, and defines himself as a modern-day Crusader "who will save Europe."

He said at the onset of the trial: "I don't recognize the Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism."

Raw footage of the trial shows Breivik shaking hands and smiling before making the comments:

The courts continued to examine Breivik's life before the trial, showing photos of the messy room he occupied in his mother's house, examining his six failed businesses, and making note of the many hours of "World of Warcraft" he reportedly played.

CNN reports that Breivik smiled when his "Warcraft" character was shown, one of the few times he showed emotion on Monday.

Many Norwegians are worried that Breivik will use the trial to draw attention to his extremist views, as the manifesto he published prior to the attack said that "patriotic resistance fighters" should use trials as a "platform to further [the] cause."

It is up to the courts to determine whether or not Breivik is insane, as the two reports thus far have conflicted.  Though he can only receive a maximum prison sentence of 21 years if found insane, Breivik calls the allegation that he is mentally unstable "ridiculous," and is trying to prove his sanity in the case.

"It's going to be 10 weeks of hell ... to hear this man, to hear his explanation of why he did it and how he did it," Trond Blattmann, whose son was killed by Breivik, said.

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