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Breivik not sorry for his crimes

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Court hearings over the case of Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik have only started – the first one took place this Monday, and the second on Tuesday. However, as many as two scandals concerning these hearings have already broken out.
One is that one of the judges has been dismissed from taking part in this trial.

The other was the defendant’s speech, which lasted for an hour. The main idea of Breivik’s speech was that he wasn’t sorry for anything.

Breivik’s behavior in the court was provocative. He often threw out his hand in a typical Nazi gesture and smiled as if he was an angel and not a criminal. His speech, which he has written beforehand, consists of 13 pages. However, the court allowed him to read out the whole of it, although such a long speech was a violation of the rules of procedure.

He called his crime “the most spectacular political show in Europe since WWII”. He said that he was not sorry for anything and that he would have repeated his “show” if he could. Moreover, he backs his crime with a whole philosophic system – if his misanthropic nonsense may be called philosophy. He calls himself “a revolutionary”. He accuses the Norwegian government of “not preserving the country’s ethnic entity” and of “violating political freedoms”.

Berivik’s delirious “criticism” was aimed not only against Norway’s authorities, but against the current policy of practically all the European governments. He criticized them for being too tolerant to migrants from Moslem countries. He compared the members of the youth wing of Norway’s ruling Labor Party, at whom he shot at the Utoya Island, with the Hitlerjugend, a Nazi youth organization in Germany in the time of Hitler. He called himself “a fighter for traditional Norwegian culture”.

It has been known that Breivik professes these delirious ideas even before his speech in court. Still, the speech produced a real shock on the relatives of his victims, who were present at the court.

As it has been mentioned above, one of the judges has been dismissed from taking part in this trial. The next day after Breivik’s crime, this judge, whose name is Thomas Indrebo, wrote at a web forum that “the best decision of a court in this case would have been the death penalty”. Mr. Indrebo’s bosses decided that it was too early to say such things before the court has even begun.

Russian journalist Pavel Prokhorov, who wrights mainly for the website “Russian Norway”, says: “After Breivik’s crime, the Norwegian – and the whole European – society has to realize that it has underestimated the threat which ultra-right extremism may present. Although Breivik committed his crime all alone, and although he is probably not altogether sane mentally, it would be wrong to depict him as a lonely maniac. Quite many people in Europe have similar ultra-right sentiments. Ignoring this fact would be a big mistake. Fortunately, the Norwegian government is not making this mistake. The fact that hearings over Breivik’s case are transparent means that the government of Norway is starting a dialogue with the ultra right. The government is starting to fight for the souls of people who are one step from becoming ultra-right extremists, in order to prevent them from making this wrong step.”

However, other analysts are worried that the transparency of the hearings can play into Breivik’s hands. He was obviously making himself a PR by his speech. During his speech, he looked absolutely calm and sure of his every word.

Russian analyst Alexey Mukhin says: “Breivik seems to know the laws of show business very well. He knows how to make people – at least, people with certain sentiments – sympathize with him.”

Hearings concerning Andes Breivik’s case will last for 10 weeks. If he is found guilty, he may face 21 years of prison. If, after this term, he is still found to present a threat to the society, his term may be prolonged.

Apr 18, 2012