OSLO, Norway – The trial of Anders Behring Breivik was interrupted briefly Fridaywhen the brother one of his 77 victims hurled a shoe at theconfessed mass killer and yelled, "Go to hell," before beingescorted from the court room, police and witnesses said. It was the first outburst from the normally subdued crowd watchingthe terror trial in Oslo's district court since the proceedingsbegan in mid-April. Breivik -- a self-styled, anti-Muslim militant -- has been chargedwith terrorism, admitting he carried out a bomb-and-shootingrampage that stunned Norway on July 22. On Friday, forensic experts were going through autopsy reports forsome of the 69 victims killed in the shooting massacre at a youthcamp that day, when a man in the second row suddenly stood up, saidMikaela Akerman, a Swedish journalist who was in the court room. |
"He threw one of his shoes at the desk where Breivik sits with hisdefense lawyers," Akerman told The Associated Press. He shouted,'You killer, go to hell.' And repeated it several times." She said Breivik remained calm and "smiled a little" as he watchedsecurity guards apprehend the man and lead him out of the courtroom. "He keeps shouting and is crying heavily as he's being led out,"Akerman said. "Some of the spectators clapped their hands.
Someyelled 'Bravo.' Many others started crying." Breivik addressed the court as proceedings resumed after a10-minute break. "If someone wants to throw something at me, youcan do it when I walk in or when I leave, thank you," he said,according to Akerman. Throwing of shoes to insult someone has long been a form of protestin many countries, but the practice gained widespread attentionwhen an Iraqi threw his shoes at then-U.S. President George W.
Bushat a televised news conference in Baghdad in 2008 during the Iraqwar. Police didn't identify the shoe-thrower in Oslo but said he was thebrother of one of the victims. Police operations leader Rune Bjoersvik downplayed the outburst,calling it a "spontaneous and emotional reaction" that didn't posea "serious security risk." The incident was a sharp break with the polite atmosphere that hasreigned inside the court room, even as Breivik explained hiskilling of 77 people in a bomb-and-shooting rampage on July 22. The far-right fanatic has admitted to the attacks but pleadedinnocent to terror charges, saying the victims were traitors forembracing multiculturalism.
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