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Norway killer Breivik makes first public court appearance

RIA Novosti

16:24 14/11/2011 MURMANSK, November 14 (RIA Novosti) - Anders Breivik, the man accused of killing 77 people in Norway last summer, made his first public appearance in court on Monday, where he was remanded for another 12 weeks.

The court decided on November 8 to partially open the hearing to the press and relatives of the victims.

Breivik has confessed to killing eight people with a car bomb in downtown Oslo on July 22 and then gunning down 69 others on the island of Utoya, which was hosting a summer camp for the governing Labor Party's youth branch.

Dozens of reporters and members of the public were inside the court room at 2 p.m. Moscow time (10 a.m. GMT) as Breivik walked in wearing a dark suit, media reported. Brevik had expressed fear that he could be shot at the court hearing, his defense lawyer Geir Lippestad said

“Breivik says that he will not leave the courtroom alive, that he could be shot right at the hearing,” Lippestad said.

Breivik tried to make a statement during the hearing, but was stopped by the judge, local media said. "He wants to explain that he had acted as a soldier in a war," Lippestad said.

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