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Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo

Since Breivik has already confessed to the deadliest attacks in post-war Norway, the main line of questioning will revolve around whether he is criminally sane and accountable for his actions

Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
The Norwegian far-right gunman who massacred 77 people last summer gave a clenched-fist salute, smirked at the court and pleaded not guilty on the first day of a trial that threatens to turn into a "circus" showcasing his anti-Islamic views. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
Anders Behring Breivik, 33, has said he acted in defence of his country by setting off a car bomb that killed eight people at government headquarters in Oslo last July, then killing another 69 people in a shooting spree at a youth summer camp organised by the ruling Labour Party.(AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
The trial will turn on whether Breivik is found guilty or insane. While he risks being kept behind bars for the rest of his life, the high school dropout has said being labelled insane would be a "fate worse than death". (AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
Listening impassively for hours as prosecutors read out an indictment detailing how he massacred teenagers trapped on a island resort outside Oslo, he only shed tears when the court later showed one of his propaganda videos. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
Wearing a suit and loosely knotted tie, Breivik entered the Oslo court in handcuffs. He smirked several times as the cuffs were removed, put his right fist on his heart then extended his hand in salute.(AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
"I do not recognise the Norwegian courts. You have received your mandate from political parties which support multiculturalism," Breivik told the court after refusing to stand when judges entered. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
"I acknowledge the acts but not criminal guilt as I claim self defence," he added, seated in front of a bullet-proof glass wall. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
Occasionally suppressing a yawn, cracking his knuckles and sipping water, he stared down at the indictment papers, following without visible emotion the list of his killings as the prosecutor read out each one. Some details were so graphic that Norwegian television bleeped out descriptions of the massacres.(AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
Breivik shot most of his victims several times, often using the first shot to take down his target then following up with a shot to the head. His youngest victim was 14. He later surrendered as "commander of the Norwegian resistance movement".(AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
Prosecutors played a recording of an emergency call made by one of the summer campers hiding in the bathroom of a cafe. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
"There's shooting all the time, I've seen many injured. He's inside!" Renate Taarnes screamed, as 13 people in the cafe were shot dead. "He's coming ... he's coming," she said as shots could be heard in the background.(AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
But Breivik only became tearful while watching a movie of still pictures accompanied by text of his vision of evils of "multiculturalism" and "Islamic demographic warfare". (AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
"I think he feels sorry for himself," said Mette Yvonne Larsen, one of the lawyers representing victims. "His project didn't work out, that's why he's crying. He's not crying for the victims ... he's crying over his extremely childish film."(AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
The trial is scheduled to last 10 weeks and has raised fears that it could reopen wounds in Norway, a country that sees itself as a tolerant and peaceful society. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trial of anti-Islam killer Breivik starts in Oslo
More than 200 people sat in the specially built courtroom while about 700 attack survivors and family members of victims watched on closed-circuit video around the country.(AFP/Getty Images)