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Breivik Defence Asks For 'Mild Punishment'
Anders Breivik's lawyer has urged judges not to declare the mass killer insane and punish him "as mildly as possible".
Breivik has admitted responsibility for a bomb blast that killed eight people in Oslo in addition to shooting dead 69 people on Utoya island last summer.
But the 33-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murder, claiming he acted in self-defence.
The 10-week trial in Oslo, which has now ended, will decide whether he receives a prison sentence or is declared legally insane and sent to a psychiatric facility.
Prosecutors say Breivik should be ruled insane and sent to a hospital, not prison.
But during his closing argument, defence lawyer Geir Lippestad asked the court to ignore the insanity claim and acquit his client.
"July 22 was an inferno of violence. But we must also look at how he carried out the attacks to see whether it was violence in itself or radical politics that was the cause," he said.
"He realised that it is wrong to kill but he chose to kill. That's what terrorists do.
"The ends justify the means. You don't understand this if you don't understand the culture of right-wing extremists."
Breivik also spoke on the last day of his trial, which prompted the families and survivors who were present in court to walk out in silent protest.
In a rambling statement he railed against non-ethnic Norwegians representing the country in the Eurovision song contest, and the sexually-liberated lifestyles characterised in the American TV show Sex And The City.
In the end, he claimed: "History shows that you have to commit a small barbarism to prevent a bigger barbarism.
"The attacks on July 22 were preventive attacks to defend the indigenous Norwegian people. I therefore demand to be acquitted."
If the court comes to the conclusion that Breivik is insane, it will mean he avoids criminal responsibility for Norway's worst peacetime massacre.
The attacks at Norway's government headquarters and a youth summer camp would then not be considered acts of political terrorism, but the work of a blood-thirsty madman.
"We request that he is transferred to compulsory psychiatric care," prosecutor Svein Holden told the court in his closing arguments on Thursday.
Breivik, who styles himself as an anti-Muslim militant, claims he is sane and that his attacks were motivated by his political views.
The judges' verdict is expected on August 24.
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what do you think?
Apparently he does not want to go to a psychiatric unit. Therefore I think they should put him in one.
My sentiments entirely!!
Robin Van Der Spiegel
Unless this is all a bit if reverse psychology. Personally I believe he is sticking to the 'I didn't do anything wrong' line to convince people he is mad. Just a thought.
I'm with Robin on this one...I think underneath he is filling his pants and I hope so.
Weird. Its normally the defence who pleads insanity to get medical treatment rather than imprisonment. This time the whole trial has been based on his defence saying look he is guilty as charged not insane.
Looking in the mirror everyday with his ugly looks must have driven him to kill I think.
He wants to be judged as sane to give his killings some logic - that's why we have this odd situation. Frankly, if he is sane, he shoud suffer the full force of the law. If he is insane, he should still be locked up for life as he remains a threat to innocent people. Forget any right wing links, most of his victims were his fellow countrymen (and women).
How can you 'forget any right wing links?' He had contact with the EDL and his deplorable views are blatantly rightwing AND his victims were on the left - young members of Norway's Labour Party.
How can a lawyer stick up for a deranged man who is a mass murderer he is just as sick as he is.Lock Brevivik in a dark cell for life with nobody to talk about his sick reasons to.
It's a lawyers job to do that. He said at the start he wasn't comfortable representing him
Lawyers have a professional duty to defend a criminal, and if he did not appoint a lawyer, the court would do so on his behalf.
Punish him as mildly as possible? 1. Hand him over to the survivors' families. 2. Stake him out on an ant hill.
Dave.....you obviously have never lost anyone through murder......
Just lock him up out of the way. Hate seeing his face.
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Cookoo for coco pops
i think they oughta lock his idiot lawyer up as well.
He is still after his fifteen minutes that's all. He knows he is going down, so he is just making the most of his notoriety. He wants his fame and is playing along. I'd advocate the death penalty. His ignorance in developing his right wing views is enough for that. Any terrorist who commits such an evil deed because they have been gullible and stupid enough to believe in extreme rubbish deserve to die. Their ignorance has been self inflicted, so they do not deserve any sympathy.