Norway Mass Killer Admits July Massacre
November 14, 2011
The extremist who killed 77 people in Norway on July 22 acknowledged carrying out the massacre but refused to plead guilty in his first public hearing since the attacks.
The court ruled that Anders Behring Breivik, 32, who is awaiting trial, will remain in custody 12 more weeks until a new hearing on his continued detention is held on February 6.
The judge also said restrictions on Behring Breivik's media access, visitors and mail will be gradually lifted.
During the hearing, Behring Breivik asked for permission to address the survivors and families of his victims sitting in the courtroom, but was turned down.
On July 22, Breivik, disguised as a police officer, detonated a car bomb close to government offices, killing eight people.
He then drove to the nearby island of Utoeya, where he shot dead 69 people, mostly teenagers from the ruling Labor Party's youth movement.
Behring Breivik said the killings were "necessary" to save Norway and Europe from Islam and multiculturalism.
compiled from agency reports
Copyright (c) 2011. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.
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