Anders Behring Breivik on Tuesday defended his massacre of 77 people,insisting he would do it again and calling the bomb-and-shooting rampage the most spectacular attack by a nationalist militant since World War II.
Reading a prepared statement in court,the anti-Muslim extremist lashed out at Norwegian and European governments for embracing immigration and multiculturalism.
He claimed to be speaking as a commander of an anti-communist resistance movement and an anti-Islam militant group he called the Knights Templar. Prosecutors have said the group does not exist.
Maintaining he acted out of goodness not evil to prevent a wider civil war,Breivik vowed,I would have done it again.
Breivik has five days to explain why he set off a bomb in Oslo’s government district,killing eight,and then gunned down 69 at a Labor Party youth camp outside the Norwegian capital. He denies criminal guilt saying he was acting in self-defence.
The attacks on July 22 were a preventive strike. I acted in self-defence on behalf of my people,my city,my country, he said as he finished his statement today. I therefore demand to be found innocent of the present charges.