• Norway's news in English
 

Breivik's tears flow on first day of trial

AFP · 16 Apr 2012, 17:13

Published: 16 Apr 2012 12:18 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Apr 2012 17:13 GMT+02:00

Breivik's main lawyer, Geir Lippestad, told reporters he appeared to have cried over his feelings that his attacks last July were "cruel but necessary ... to save Europe from an ongoing war. Those were the feelings he was having."

The 33-year-old right-wing extremist showed little emotion during the first day of his trial even as the prosecution listed in detail how each of the 77 people he killed in twin attacks last July 22 died.

But when the prosecution showed his 12-minute film -- a short version of the 1,500-page manifesto he posted online shortly before the attacks showing still shots with ideological messages set to music -- his eyes briefly welled up and he wiped away tears.

Broadcaster TV2 Nyhetskanalen, which said it had used lip-reading to interpret a discussion between Breivik and another of his lawyers, Vibeke Hein Baere, after his tears, reported he confided to her that it was an "emotional film."

"It's OK, it's fine. It's just that it's an emotional film," he reportedly said.

At a press conference after the first trial day ended, Hein Baere refused to confirm the comments.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Utøya 'God's payment for opposing Israel'
The book's writer Jeremy Hoff and Kjartan Mogen from Norway's Party of Christians. Photo: YouTube/Facebook

Utøya 'God's payment for opposing Israel'

17 minutes ago

The young people killed in 2011’s brutal terror attack on the island of Utøya deserved to die because their organisation was too critical of Israel, a new book by a US evangelical Christian has claimed.

Norway police fear press will spur refugee surge
Norway's Storskog border post. Photo: Cornelius Poppe/NTB Scanpix

Norway police fear press will spur refugee surge

6 hours ago

Norwegian Police are braced for a surge in the number of Syrian refugees crossing the country’s border with Russia, after the Arctic route caught the attention of the world’s press.

Norwegians jailed for smuggling fake valium
The pharmacy sold the men chlorpheniramine telling them it was valium. Photo: Norwegian police

Norwegians jailed for smuggling fake valium

23 hours ago

Two Norwegians have been jailed for smuggling, even though the pills they were caught with, which they told police were valium, were in fact antihistamines available over the counter.

Dead pianist's husband did time for beating her

Dead pianist's husband did time for beating her

1 day ago

The Norwegian husband of murdered pianist Natalia Strelchenko beat and threatened to kill her less than a year before they married, Norway's VG newspaper has discovered.

Norway's armed forces get organic underwear
Eco-friendly army underwear. Photo: Norwegian Armed Forces

Norway's armed forces get organic underwear

1 day ago

Norway's armed forces are embracing eco-friendly clothing, putting in a massive order for organic bras, boxer-shorts and pants.

Norway sends convicts to 'luxury' Dutch prison
Norgerhaven is a 'cushy' prison, with good facilities. Photo: Haakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

Norway sends convicts to 'luxury' Dutch prison

2 days ago

Norway on Tuesday sent a group of convicts to a jail in the Netherlands for the first time because its own prisons are filled to the brim.

Video
Stunning footage of girls skating Norway peaks
Ishtar Bäcklund taking a tight corner in the Norwegian mountains. Photo: Screengrab

Stunning footage of girls skating Norway peaks

2 days ago

Stunning footage of a group of mostly female downhill longboarders riding down the Norwegian mountains has gone viral, pulling in over 190,000 views on Vimeo.

Oslo church wants to remove 22 July memorial
The Oslo church council is adamant that the heart must eventually be removed. Photo: Oslo Church

Oslo church wants to remove 22 July memorial

2 days ago

Oslo's church council has been attacked for attempting to remove a sculpture commemorating the victims of Anders Breivik's 2011 twin terror attacks.

Norway company turns pine trees into hotdogs
This tasty hotdog could soon be part pine. Photo: Steven Depolo/Flickr

Norway company turns pine trees into hotdogs

2 days ago

A Norwegian biorefinery company has started turning waste wood fibre into a cream-like fat substitute which it claims can be used to make ice cream, mayonnaise and even hot dogs.

Smokers in Norway 'like Jews under the Nazis'
Geir Finne describes his platform to iTromso newspaper. Photo: Screen Grab

Smokers in Norway 'like Jews under the Nazis'

2 days ago

A politician from a fringe conservative party in the far north of Norway has compared the plight of smokers in the country to that of Jews during the Nazi occupation.

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS

National
Norway man built secret child's room in cellar
Education
Norway starts school for Vikings
Sport
Sepp Blatter should win Nobel Peace Prize: Putin
National
The oddest TripAdvisor comments about Norway
National
Experts baffled by freak downpour in Norway
National
Dude, where's my house? Avalanche smashes Norway farmhouse
Culture
VIDEO: Norway artist's naked tree stunt goes awry
Health
Norway scientists find secret behind gluten intolerance
National
VIDEO: Have you seen this jet ski blunder at a Malmö hotel opening?
National
Oslo is the crystal meth capital of Europe
Sport
VIDEO: Man in Norway catches fish too big for boat
International
'Snowden could come to Norway to collect prize'
Technology
Oslo builds world's first bumblebee highway
Culture
World’s biggest elk statue arrives in Oslo
Norway's men soon to be among Europe's fattest
National
Muslims form 'ring of peace' at synagogue
Business & Money
Schumacher's Norway retreat sold for $3m
National
King Harald visits Antarctic namesake
Culture
Norwegians streak the streets of Berlin
Culture
Norway couple find love on word game app
International
Norwegian chef wins world's top food prize
Politics
Solberg: The fight for freedom isn't won
National
Gaza doc named Norway's person of year
National
Norway extends Russian military freeze
National
Kjell Inge Røkke tops Norway's Rich List
International
Surprise! Norway priciest for home comforts
National
Norway terror attacks to become TV drama
International
Malala: Youngest ever Nobel Peace Laureate
National
Norway celebrates 25 years of Sami politics
Business & Money
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
International
Norway best country for older people
National
Muslim centre wanted on site of Munch Museum
International
Norway to send military staff in fight against IS
National
Father warns Breivik 'more extreme than ever'
National
Four-year-old Norway girl sleepwalks 4km
Travel
Cruise line offers Northern Lights promise
National
10-tonne shark found dead off Norway coast
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

2,129
jobs available