Anders Behring Breivik Phoned Police to Surrender but Carried on When They Failed to Return Call
Twenty eight of his victims died after the Norwegian extremist rang the police twice from a mobile phone he found on Utoya Island, where he hunted down members of a Labour Party youth camp.
On the sixth day of his trial in Oslo, he said he had continued the “suicide mission” because he assumed the police would arrive soon and kill him.
The rampage lasted an hour and ended with Breivik laying down his weapons and being arrested.
His testimony was designed to show that he was not insane, because he had made a rational decision to continue towards his goal of killing as many people as possible when the police did not immediately arrive following his calls. He has admitted to killing 77 people the youth camp massacre and a bombing on July 22.
Appearing more animated than previously, he said questions about his mental health were part of a racist plot to discredit his extreme anti-Muslim ideology.
No one would have asked for a psychiatric examination had he been a “bearded jihadist”, he said.
“But because I am a militant nationalist, I am being subjected to grave racism. They are trying to delegitimize everything I stand for,” he said.
He accused prosecutors of trying to make him look irrational.
“I know I’m at risk of ending up at an insane asylum, and I’m going to do what I can to avoid that,” he told the court.