OSLO - Norway's mass killer has defended his massacre to stop the Islamic colonization' of the country and prevent its cultural destruction.
"We in the Norwegian movement will not sit and see that we are made a minority in our own country," Anders Behring Breivik told a packed courtroom on Monday, February 6, Reuters reported.
Breivik killed at least 77 people in July in twin attacks on a government building and a youth training camp in Oslo.
The attacker argued that his massacre was meant to prevent the country's cultural destruction'.
"The attacks on the government headquarters were preventive attacks on people committing cultural destruction of Norwegian culture and Norwegian ethnicity," he said.
The custody hearing, required periodically to keep a suspect detained, was Breivik's fifth and the second one open to the public as Norway prepares for his trial, set to begin on April 16.
He entered the courtroom with a faint smile, wearing a black suit with a silvery tie, and raised his arms to show off his cuffed hands.
Like previous hearings, the 32-year-old has admitted carrying out the attacks.
"I acknowledge the acts but I plead not guilty," said Breivik, whose attacks were the worst outburst of violence in Norway since World War Two.
A psychiatric evaluation found Breivik criminally insane.
A second evaluation was ordered, but Breivik has refused to cooperate with psychiatrists in the second review.
Breivik insisted that his massacre was a strike against traitors who are embracing immigration to promote an Islamic colonization of Norway.
"The ethnic Norwegians will be a minority in Oslo in the next 10 years, he told the court.
The killer said that he deserved a medal of honor for the bloodshed and demanded to be released.
It is a fact. I represent Norwegian resistance."
Described by the police as a "right-wing Christian fundamentalist", Breivik had said that his assault was a self-styled mission to save European Christendom from Islam.
He said that his actions aimed to "change Norwegian society" against a "Muslim invasion" of Europe.
In a manifesto posted online before the attacks, Breivik wrote that he was targeting "traitors" whose leftist views and softness on immigration had brought the country low.
Immigrants make up nearly 11 percent of Norway's 4.9 million population.The Muslim community in Norway is estimated at 150,000. The majority of Muslims are of Pakistan, Somali, Iraqi and Moroccan backgrounds.