Anders Breivik's trial: A round-up of the first week

Anders Breivik
Anders Behring Breivik has given evidence for a fifth day at his trial in Oslo Photo: REUTERS/Heiko Junge/Scanpix/Pool

Anders Breivik has spend his fifth and final day in the stand giving evidence at his trial in Oslo for the killing of 77 people in a bombing and shooting attack last year.

His testimony over the past week has been very graphic and he himself has described some of the details as "horrendous".

It has not been broadcast on television but his words have been widely reported.

Here is a summary of the last week:

Monday 23 April: Last day of Breivik's evidence

Breivik apologised to the family of a pub owner who was among the eight people killed in the bomb blast outside government offices in Oslo, saying he had not wanted to kill "civilians."

But when prosecutor Stein Holden asked if he wanted to express a similar apology to the families of the other victims, including the 69 killed on the youth camp on Utoya island, he refused.

"No I don't," Breivik said. "Utoya is a political indoctrination camp."

The mass killer also compared the pain he caused the families of his victims to his own situation, saying he "lost absolutely everything" including contact with his friends and family after the 22 July attacks.

He also took the opportunity to again insist he was not insane.

ITV News' Europe Correspondent Martin Geissler reports.

Friday 20 April: Utoya Island Attacks:

Before giving his testimony, Breivik warned that some people might want to leave room as it would be "horrendous".

Recounting the details of his killing spree, he said:

Taking the first shot seemed to take for ever. I knew what I was doing, I knew it was wrong.

There were a hundred voices in my head saying "don't do it", I pulled the trigger once and it was easier after that.

He then went on to describe in graphic detail how he shot his victims, saying "many were screaming and begging for their lives" while others were so "paralysed" with fear that they did not run away even when he stopped to reload his gun.

Europe Correspondent Martin Geissler, who sat behind Breivik in court, said that "he discussed the rampage as you'd describe a journey to work."

Utoya Island
Sixty-nine people were killed on the island of Utoya. Credit: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Thursday 19th April: Oslo Bombing

Anders Breivik said he only decided to carry out a killing spree on the island of Utoya after a bomb in Oslo failed to kill as many people as he intended.

Eight died in an explosion at a government building in the Norwegian capital.

"If the building had collapsed, Utoya would have been unnecessary," he told the court.

Breivik said he built up tactical strategies to de-humanise himself, so he could carry out the attacks. He said he was a "nice, sympathetic, caring" person until he began to prepare and train himself in 2006.

Breivik also described how he used the computer games to train for his "mission"

Arriving at the court, unlike previous days. Breivik made no far-right salute. He had been asked by his defence lawyers to drop the gesture after complaints.

Bags of fertiliser, used by Breivik to create the Olso bomb,
Bags of fertiliser, used by Breivik to create the Olso bomb, found at the farm he rented. Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Wednesday 18th April: Links to militant nationalists

The prosecution questioned Breivik about his alleged links to Serb nationalists in Liberia and English nationalists in the UK.

He said that his 'network' the Knights Templar were founded at a summit in London hosted by an Englishman, who called himself "Richard the Lionheart".

Breivik also told the court that he believed that "there are only two just and fair outcomes of this trial - acquittal or capital punishment.

He said that he considered a potential sentence of 21 years of prison "a pathetic punishment".

Anders Breivik in his 'Knights Templar' uniform
Anders Breivik in his 'Knights Templar' uniform Credit: Reuters/Andrew Berwick via www.freak.no/Handout

Tuesday 17th April: Breivik delivers 'manifesto' statement

There was a delay in Anders Breivik giving evidence for the first time after a lay judge was dismissed from the trial over comments he posted to social networking site Facebook.

After court resumed Breivik took to the stand to deliver a lengthy statement outlining his political ideology and motivation for his attacks.

He said he executed people to "destroy the multicultural ideology" and to try "to prevent civil war in Norway in the future".

Breivik claimed "these actions are based on goodness, not evil."

He also explained the reason behind his tears when his propaganda film was shown in court the previous day.

He said it was moving "because my country and my people are dying. The music and film in itself is simple and amateurish, but it is my first YouTube video and I'm happy with it."

Norwegian mass killer Breivik cries as he watches a video presented by the prosecution during his trial
Norwegian mass killer Breivik cries as he watches a video presented by the prosecution during his trial in Oslo Credit: Reuters

Monday 16th April: Norway's 'trial of the century' begins

The prosecutor read out the names and details of those who were killed and injured in the 22 July attacks at the beginning of Anders Breivik trial.

Anders pleaded not guilty to terrorism and murder charges.

As his cuffs were removed, Breivik put his right fist on his heart then extended his hand in salute.

Breivik told the court he "acknowledged the acts" but pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defence.

He cried when his propaganda video "Knights Templar 2083" that he created and posted online on the days of his attacks on the 22 July 201 was shown.