Defense Tries to Prove Breivik Insane

World | July 26, 2011, Tuesday // 14:28|  views

Mourners comfort each other outside Oslo City Hall during a `rose march` in honour of the victims of 22 July`s bomb attack and shooting massacre, in Oslo, Norway, 25 July 2011. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed at least 76 in a rampage in Norway Friday, is insane, according to his defense.

"He believes he is at war, and when one is at war, one does things like that," Breivik's lawyer, Geir Lippestad has explained, as cited by the Dagbladet daily.

"He thinks that the world does not understand his views, but that it will do that after 60 years," he added

According to police attorney Christian Halto, who has to determine whether Breivik can be held responsible for his actions, he seemed "almost intelligent".

Breivik, 32, has admitted carrying out the massacre on the Utoya island youth camp and the bombing in the capital Oslo in which at least 76 people died. But he has refused to accept criminal responsibility for them, saying that his actions were "gruesome, but necessary".

During questioning, Brevik revealed that he had intended to kill former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland during her presentation on the island earlier in the afternoon but he was delayed.

The terrorist also stated he wanted to save Norway and Western Europe from what he perceived to be "cultural Marxists" and "the Islamic takeover".

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