Man hurls shoe at killer Breivik during Norway trial

"Go to hell, go to hell, you killed my brother," the man, who was seated in the second row of the public gallery, screamed as he threw the shoe at Breivik from a few metres

Man hurls shoe at killer Breivik during Norway trial

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A man identified as the older brother of one of the victims of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik threw a shoe at him during his trial on Friday, the first time the proceeding has been interrupted by a public outburst.

"Go to hell, go to hell, you killed my brother," the man, who was seated in the second row of the public gallery, screamed as he threw the shoe at Breivik from a few metres (yards) away, newspaper VG reported on its website.

The shoe missed Breivik but struck his co-defence lawyer, Vibeke Hein Baera, who was seated closest to the public gallery, during the presentation of an autopsy report.

Norwegian media said the man was a brother of one of the victims of Breivik's rampage, but his name was not immediately available. VG said people attending the trial applauded, after which the man was removed from the courtroom by police.

The incident came during a week of harrowing testimony from survivors of Breivik's rampage across the small island of Utoeya last July, where the ruling Labour Party was holding a youth camp. He killed 69 people there, many of them teenagers.

"Looked in eyes"

A young Norwegian told the court trying mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik earlier on Thursday that he looked into the eyes of the killer before fleeing into the water around the island where 69 people, mostly teenagers, were gunned down last July.

"I stand right in front of him and look straight at him. I can see he has blue eyes," high school student Lars Henrik Oeberg said calmly. "Then the shots came."

Breivik, having already rampaged across the small island of Utoeya, where the ruling Labour Party was holding a youth camp, told Oeberg and others who had fled to the waterfront to wait for a boat and assured them "everything would be all right".

Then he opened fire.

Oeberg managed to run into the water and swim away and saw Breivik shoot people some 20 or 30 m (yards) away.

"I come back up (after diving) and see Breivik stand there holding the weapon pointed at me. I don't know why, but he turns around towards those lying down," he said at the trial, which is expected to last to late June.

"When I turn around again I see a boy standing holding his head. Breivik goes back to him and shoots him in the head," added Oeberg, one of three survivors who testified on Thursday.

Breivik has also wanted to ask questions of survivors, but the judge has said the questions must be put via his lawyer.

Breivik has listened calmly to the descriptions of his killings and shown hardly any emotion, except when hearing descriptions about how he was said to have let out "cries of joy" and laughed while shooting, which he has denied.

Breivik has admitted the killings, but denies criminal responsibility. He says he was defending Norwegian ethnic purity from Muslim immigration and the multiculturalism backed by the Labour Party.

Some tried to escape Breivik's bullets by swimming the 1,000 m to the mainland in the freezing cold fjord lake. Oeberg said he survived after finding a lifebuoy floating in the water.

On Thursday, Breivik objected to one of the witnesses' descriptions of him kicking a girl after shooting her.

"At no point did I touch anybody on the island except for (the first victim) Berntsen, whom I shook hands with," he said.

Dressed in a black suit and tie, Breivik took notes on post-its during the autopsy reports in the morning session and politely looked at pictures of his victims on the ground.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Mayıs 2012, 16:30

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