OSLO - A far-right extremist, who killed dozens of people in Norway last year, said Tuesday, April 17, that the massacre was meant to save the Scandinavian country from the spread of Islam.
"I have carried out the most sophisticated and spectacular political attack committed in Europe since the Second World War, Anders Behring Breivik told the court, Reuters reported.
"The July 22 attacks were preemptive attacks to defend the Norwegian people and the Norwegian ethnicity.
"Yes, I would have done it again, because offences against my people ... are many times as bad," he said.
Breivik, described by the police as a "right-wing Christian fundamentalist", killed at least 76 people in twin attacks on a government building and a youth training camp in Oslo in July.
The attacker said his assault was a self-styled mission to save European Christendom from Islam.
"These acts are based on goodness, not evil," he said.
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.
The mass killer insisted that his killing spree was meant to end multicultural drift in Norway.
"People will understand me one day and see that multiculturism has failed," he told the court.
"If I am right, how can what I did be illegal?"
"They (Norwegians) risk being a minority in their own capital in their own country in the future," he said.
In the opening of his trial on Monday, Breivik pleaded not guilty in the massacre, challenging the authority of the judges to try him.
While he will likely be kept behind bars for the rest of his life, Breivik's main objective is to prove he is sane, a court judgment that he sees as vindicating his anti-Muslim and anti-immigration cause.
He has said being labeled insane would be a "fate worse than death".
If found guilty and sane, Breivik faces a maximum 21-year sentence but could be held indefinitely if he is considered a continuing danger.
If declared insane, he would go to a psychiatric institution indefinitely with periodic reviews.
Before Tuesday's statement, Breivik had promised to be sensitive to victims and tone down his rhetoric.
But the court audience, including survivors, shifted in their chairs, rolled their eyes, and murmured with impatience during his speech.
The mass killer ignored the repeated pleas of an angry judge to stop talking.
When Breivik started talking about Japan and South Korea as role models, the judge asked him "to limit himself to Norwegian issues.""He is getting what he wants and I don't want to be a part of that," survivor Hildegunn Fallang said.