Anders Behring Breivik smirked and raised his arm in a right-wing salute as he was led in to the Oslo district court on Monday handcuffed and dressed in a dark suit for the final hearing before his trial on April 16.
Breivik read from a prepared statement as he boasted that his killing spree, carried out with a bomb, a rifle and a handgun last year, was a “preventive attack against state traitors” who supported immigration.
“I acknowledge the acts but I plead not guilty. I do not accept imprisonment. I demand to be immediately released,” he said.
“We, the Norwegian resistance movement, will not just stand by while we are made a minority in our own country.”
The 32-year-old Norwegian repeated his admission of carrying out the worst peacetime massacre in Norway’s history but denied criminal responsibility and rejected the authority of the court.
On July 22, 2011, Breivik set off a car bomb outside the government headquarters in Oslo and then travelled, dressed as a police officer, to Utoya island, outside the capital, where he opened fire on a Labour Party youth camp.
About 100 survivors and relatives of victims watched in disbelief during the court hearing, as the killer demanded both his freedom and an official military honour for his attacks.
A psychiatric evaluation last year found Breivik criminally insane but a second review was ordered amid widespread public fury that he could be found mentally ill and sent to psychiatric care. Breivik has refused to cooperate with court psychiatrists.
Unless he is found insane, Breivik faces terror charges, which carry up to 21 years in prison.
The right-wing extremist has claimed he’s a commander of a militant organisation aiming to overthrow European governments and replace them with “patriotic” regimes that would deport Muslim immigrants.
But police have not found any trace of this supposed network of “Knights Templar” and say Breivik carried out the attacks on his own.