He did not however get his chance to preach from the stand as a judge cut him short once he had got a plea from him. Behring Breivik has now been remanded in custody for eight weeks, four of which he will spend in solitary confinement.
Behring Breivik admitted that he carried out the bomb attack and shooting massacre that claimed 76 lives. When the judge then asked him if he was pleading guilty, he replied that he was not guilty.
Behring Breivik had been hoping to use his first court hearing as a platform to explain his actions to the public.
But Judge Kim Heger ruled that it be held behind closed doors and also barred the suspect from wearing a uniform in court.
Meanwhile the head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), Janne Kristiansen, said that Behring Breivik had been flagged by the authorities back in March because of a purchase from a Polish business selling chemicals, but the incident was too insignificant to warrant a follow-up.
Briefing reporters after the arraignment, the judge said the self-styled Crusader told the court he wanted Muslim colonisation of Europe to end.
“The operation was not aimed at killing the largest number possible, but to send a powerful signal that couldn’t be mistaken,” Heger said.
Before the attack, Behring Breivik wrote a 1,500-page manifesto in which he boasted he was one of up to 80 “solo martyr cells” recruited across Western Europe to topple governments tolerant of Islam.
“It appears in the suspect’s police explanations and in today’s court appearance, he has made statements that require additional investigation – including a statement about ‘two further cells in our organisation’,” the judge said.
Newswarped thinks that we know who Anders Behring Breivik’s network of active accomplices are. It is Fred his teddy bear and Jan the stuffed fur seal. They were the only ones willing to listen to Anders sick fantasies.
If there are dozens of others out there who think like Anders then it might be time to look at property on Mars.