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Mass Killer Breivik Remorseless In Court
Day after day I have been sitting just 1.5 metres away from Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. I have watched him as he was forced to listen to 28 harrowing survivor stories. All we have seen is his usual emotionless face.
Only 18-year-old Marte Odegarden managed to crack some of that emotionless face today when she surprised everyone by staring him directly in his eyes from her seat in the witness box.
It was only a few seconds, but it was enough to make Breivik look surprised.
"I looked him straight in his eyes, but saw nothing. Just emptiness," she wrote on Twitter just after her court appearance.
From my front row position inside court room 250, I have noticed that Breivik has taken notes on yellow note pads during these witness statements; his handwriting looks really tiny from where I sit.
Today we got a glimpse into what he has been jotting down on these yellow stickers.
It was towards the end of today, day 21, that Breivik was allowed to present his comments to the court and one could notice the anticipation among families who were hoping for an apology. Their hope, however, quickly turned to despair when he began to talk.
Yet again he wanted to explain his actions asking for an hour to tell how he became radicalised and to give an overview of other politically-motivated violence committed by militant nationalists in Norway since 1978.
Judge Wenche Arntzen stopped him.
He then read out names of several witnesses, highlighting their central role in the Labour youth movement as a justification of what he describes as "politically-motivated killings".
Breivik also wanted to correct several witnesses claiming they heard him shout in jubilation as he shot people.
"I only said 'You are going to die, Marxists'. And I said it twice," Breivik pointed out.
We can only imagine that this correction is important to Breivik in his quest to be declared "of sound mind" and not "criminally insane".
This is the only real question that the judges have to answer when the proceedings conclude on June 22, because he has already admitted killing 77 people in Oslo and Utoya, claiming it was necessary.