In a crowded courtroom in Oslo, Norway, the survivors of the horrific Utoeya attack in Norway faced Anders Behring Breivik for the first time since the bombing and shooting massacre. The hearing extended his custody until Feb. 6. The criminal trial will begin April 16 and will last for 10 weeks.
In a deadly spree that cost 76 people their lives, Breivik shattered a sense of safety in Norway. Many of his victims were young teenagers, attending a summer camp for the Labor Party’s youth movement. In an attempt at a healing process, the court has decided to build a new courtroom to accommodate the victims’ families and survivors of the attacks.
The case has attracted so much attention in Norway that the new courtroom and press center will accommodate 700 people. Survivors and their family will be able to watch the court case with support groups, Tor B. Slaathaug, a correspondent for Folkets, reports.
At Monday’s trial, BBC reported that Breivik looked at the survivors straight in the eye. When he addressed the court, he said he did not want to kill anyone, but he had to do it, as he considered himself in a state of war. He identified himself as “a military commander of the resistance movement against Islamification of Europe.”
The Associated Press wrote, “Tim Viskjer, who survived the shooting spree on Utoya, watched Breivik’s hearing on a video screen in another room in the court house. ‘I thought he seemed cold and inhuman,’ Viskjer told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. ‘It was uncomfortable, but for me I moved on a little bit after seeing and hearing the suspect.’ ”