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OSLO, Norway-Anders Behring Breivik, the man who is accused, and has confessed to the killing of 77 people in Norway had his first public court hearing yesterday in Oslo. The courtroom was packed to its limits, with over 500 people in attendance. Dozens of reporters as well as some of the survivors of his vicious rampage at the Youth camp. This is Breivik's fourth hearing, but the first one allowing the public. The hearings are required by Norwegian law in order to show cause for his continued incarceration.
Breivik had his custody extended for another twelve weeks until February 6th. Fout the next four of those weeks, all media is banned, and for the next eight weeks, visits and mail will be tightly controlled.
District Court Judge Torkjel Nesheim said yesterday that there is no reason to believe that Breivik is insane. He also said that there is no evidence that he had any accomplices when he carried out his rampage, first detonating bombs in Oslo, killing eight people there before continuing to Utoya Island and killing an additional 69 youths there.
Breivik’s first public words since he carried out his bloody attacks were, “I am a military commander in the Norwegian resistance movement and Knights Templar Norway.” He also stated that he rejected the court’s jurisdiction because it supported multiculturalism. He continued, “I acknowledge the acts, but I do not plead guilty.”
Toward the end of the hearing, Breivik indicated that he wanted to speak, “I understand the aggrieved parties are present – may I say something to them?” The judge did not allow him to. Breivik complied silently.
The court appointed psychiatrists should complete their evaluations of Breivik sometime later this month. He is expected to stand trial in April.