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Anders Behring Breivik . — Photo Reuters

OSLO: Thirteen months after his killing spree -- a bomb attack and Europe's deadliest rampage by a lone gunman in peacetime -- Norwegian far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik will Friday hear his sentence.

Breivik has admitted killing 77 people in the attacks that traumatised Norway and shocked the world, claiming eight victims in an Oslo blast and taking 69 more lives, mostly teenagers', in a shooting frenzy at an island summer camp.

The 33-year-old loner -- who sees himself as a Nordic warrior against Europe's “Muslim invasion” and against all those who promote multiculturalism -- is widely expected to be locked away for the rest of his life.

The main question is whether it will be in a jail cell or a mental ward.

Breivik, who laid out his hateful world view in a rambling 1,500-page online manifesto, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and declared criminally insane after his bloody rampage on July 22 of last year.

However, a public outcry led to a second assessment, which found him legally sane -- a view shared by most Norwegians in polls, and by Breivik himself who has said he would accept prison but appeal against closed psychiatric treatment.

Prosecutor Svein Holden, who wants Breivik to be found criminally insane, has said that “it would be worse to sentence someone who is psychotic to prison than to send someone who is not psychotic to psychiatric care”.

The presiding judges will deliver the verdict and sentence on terrorism charges in a hearing from 0800 GMT, held in Oslo under tight security and to be attended by survivors, victims' relatives and media from around the world.

Norway's penal code does not have the death penalty or life in prison, and the maximum prison term for Breivik's charges is 21 years. However, inmates who are considered a threat to society can be held indefinitely.

Breivik hopes to speak again on the final day of his trial, at which Norway has gone to great lengths to stress its free and fair judicial process.

In previous testimony during the 10-week trial that ran until June, Breivik laid out in chilling detail what motivated him to meticulously plan for years and then execute Norway's worst massacre since World War II.

Breivik has called himself a “foot soldier” for the 'Knights Templar', allegedly a clandestine ultra-right group named after an order of Christian Crusaders of the Middle Ages. Police doubt the group's existence.

He has also railed against “cultural Marxists” whose support for immigration he blames for the emergence of a “Eurabia”, the reason why he targeted the centre-left government and a summer youth camp run by the Labour Party.

The court heard how Breivik spent years planning the bloodbath, using a farm as cover for purchasing the chemical fertilizer he used for the almost one-tonne bomb he set off in a rented van outside Oslo's main government building.

In his years of seclusion, Breivik said he practised meditation, worked out and used steroids to steel his mind and body, while playing video shooting- and role-playing games for relaxation.

He joined a pistol club and obtained a hunting licence to get the 9mm Glock handgun and Ruger semi-automatic rifle which he used to mow down terrified youths, the youngest just 14, trapped on the tiny lake island of Utoeya.

Dressed in a police uniform, he methodically shot dead 67 people, many at point blank range, and two more died as they fell to their death or drowned while trying to escape the more than hour-long shooting spree.

The bungled police response in low-crime Norway has been much criticised.

The only police helicopter was out of action because its crew were on holidays, and a SWAT team took more than an hour to finally make it to the island, forced to use a pleasure boat after their inflatable almost sank.

Norway's national police commissioner resigned last week after a scathing report on the response, and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is due to appear before an extraordinary parliamentary session later this month.

During his trial Breivik showed little emotion and no remorse and once described his mass slaughter as “cruel but necessary” to protect Norway from multiculturalism. At one stage he told the court: “I would do it again.”

Updated Aug 24, 2012 06:49am

Comments (6) (Closed)


Usman Lawyer
Aug 25, 2012 08:24am
Trial of Mumtaz Qadri is on the way and his fate would be same as Breivik. I am not saying that this trial would be perfect but we are trying our best despite being a third world country.
Yawar Saeed Khan
Aug 24, 2012 11:47am
Mumtaz Qadri was sentenced to Death by a pakistani court.
Tahir
Aug 25, 2012 08:57am
For your knowledge Mumtaz Qadri received death Sentence. so tell me what india had done with Gujraat Riots criminals? train incident criminals and criminals of kashmiri people?any news about them Mr Sharma?
mannan
Aug 25, 2012 12:16am
what way? 77 kills . instead of death he will enjoy rest of his life in a hotel (jail)free of cost.
Syed
Aug 24, 2012 10:59pm
No I think Norway failed, by keeping him alive, they have not closed that door thru which other fanatics like him wants to come in, 21 years for 70 murders? this is insulting for the victim's families. Qadri's verdict may never be carried out, I am sure you all know that and how Pakistan operates now a days.
sharma
Aug 24, 2012 10:46am
Again Norway has shown the way. What has Pakistan done about Mumtaz Qadri and so many other killers that are roaming free in Pakistan?