Anders Breivik wont get his wish for the death penalty or acquital, despite the fact that his claims that he was acting in self defense simply don't pass the smell test.
Norweigan law permits only a maximum of 21 years in prison.
The right-wing fanatic said he doesn't fear death and that militant nationalists in Europe have a lot to learn from al-Qaida, including their methods and glorification of martyrdom.Breivik doesn't consider the courts to be legal; he has previously ridiculed the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case, but his claims focus mostly on the fact that he was fighting the first chapter of a larger conflict to preserve the white heritage of Norway and Europe against the rising tide of Muslims and outsiders.
"If I had feared death I would not have dared to carry out this operation," he said, referring to his July 22 attacks — a bombing in downtown Oslo that killed eight people and a shooting massacre at a youth camp outside the Norwegian capital that killed 69.
Breivik's comments, on the third day of his terror trial, came as he was pressed to give details on the anti-Muslim militant group he claims to belong to but which prosecutors say doesn't exist as he describes. Several unrelated groups claim part of that "Knights Templar" name.
The 33-year-old Norwegian acknowledged that his supposed crusader network is "not an organization in a conventional sense" but insisted that it is for real.
"It is not in my interest to shed light on details that could lead to arrests," he said refusing to comment on the group's alleged other members.
The issue is of key importance in determining Breivik's sanity, and whether he's sent to prison or compulsory psychiatric care for the bomb-and-shooting massacre that shocked Norway.
If found sane, Breivik could face a maximum 21-year prison sentence or an alternate custody arrangement that would keep him locked up as long as he is considered a menace to society. If declared insane he would be committed to psychiatric care for as long as he's considered ill.
"I view 21 years in prison as a pathetic sentence," Breivik said.
Part of the problem in determining his sanity and his political claims is that he's refusing to give any information that might reveal the identities of the Knights Templar and other like-minded individuals with whom he's had contact and might confirm his claims that he's part of a wider right-wing white nationalist group intent on fighting against multiculturalism and igniting a race war in the process. Thus far, police have been unable to corroborate his claims of other cells in Europe or Norway.
It's also interesting that he considers al Qaeda to be methodological role models, even though Breivik claims that his goals are isolationist in nature.
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