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Norway builds new courtroom for terror trial

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12:31 CET+01:00
Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik will be tried in a new 25 million kroner ($4.3 million) courtroom, as Norway starts spending some of the 600 million kroner ($110 million) set aside for the terrorism trial in the 2012 budget.

Room for 204 people inside will be augmented by adjacent spaces for victims’ families and survivors of the July 22nd attacks on Utøya Island that killed 69 at a camp for Young Labour members. A press centre for 372journalists is also0 being rented at the nearby Bristol Hotel.

The 2,500-square-metre space comprises the entire second floor of Oslo District Court, the site of high-profile murder and armed robbery cases as well as civic marriage ceremonies. Breivik's trial begins on April 16th when he will face terrorism charges at what will by then be Norway’s largest courtroom.

The case is seen lasting 10 weeks without the civil suits anticipated from survivors and victims families.

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