OSLO - Norwegian far-right leaders have justified the mass killings by far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik as a defense against the country's planned annihilation by Muslims.
"Norway is at war. It is in the process of being Balkanised," Tore Tvedt, the founder of neo-Nazi group Vigrid, told the Oslo district court on Tuesday, June 5, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
"We are not only under attack. We are in the process of being eradicated."
Breivik killed at least 76 people were killed in twin attacks on a government building and a youth training camp in Oslo last year.
The right-wing extremist said that his assault was a self-styled mission to save European Christendom from Islam.
He argued his victims deserved to die because they supported Muslim immigration, which he said is adulterating pure Norwegian blood.
Breivik's defense team called Tvedt and other far-right supporters to court to support their argument that he is sane since his ideology is shared by others, even if their numbers are few.
Echoing a similar justification, Tvedt argued that Norway was being annihilated by Muslim immigrants.
"When they get their will, the Nordic race will be exterminated," he said of Muslim immigration.
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.
Far-right witnesses argued that the mass killer was right to fear Norway's annihilation by Muslims.
"If nothing is done, Norway will be taken over my Muslims," Arne Tumyr, the head of Stop of the Islamisation of Norway group, told court, Reuters reported.
He insisted that Islam is a religion of violence, a religion of wars", describing Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) as an assassin.
"We consider Islam as a threat to the Norwegian society and values," he said.
"Take a look at society in Pakistan, look at the 57 Islamic states. People there live in a regime of terror and slavery, that's what we had under national socialism and in the Soviet Union, people were trapped in a terror state.
The court's main task in the 10-week trial is to decide whether Breivik is sane and whether he should be sent to jail or a psychiatric institution.
One court-appointed team of psychiatrists concluded he is psychotic, but a second team came to the opposite conclusion. The five judges hearing the case will take a final decision on his sanity at the end of the trial.
If deemed sane, Breivik faces a 21-year jail sentence which could be indefinitely extended for as long as he is considered dangerous.
Breivik has said he should either be executed or acquitted, calling the prospect of a prison sentence "pathetic". If he were to be declared insane, he has said, that would be "worse than death".The court had hoped to deliver a verdict before the first anniversary of Breivik's attack, but said a ruling may not come before August 24.