OSLO, Norway – The time has come. the trial of a Norwegian who confessed to killing 77 people will start Monday amid worries he will try to use the proceedings to showcase his anti-Muslim views. After opening statements, Anders Behring Breivik is set to testify for five days, explaining why he set off a bomb in downtown Oslo that killed eight, and then shot to death 69 people, mostly teenagers, at a Labor Party youth camp on Utoya island.
Since Breivik has confessed to the July 22 attacks the key issue that remains unresolved is his mental health. If deemed mentally competent, he would face a maximum prison sentence of 21 years or an alternate custody arrangement under which the sentence is prolonged for as long as an inmate is deemed a danger to society.