Breivik sheds some light on 'Knights Templar'
Added At: 2012-04-18 11:21 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-18 11:21 PM
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
OSLO: The gunman behind the Norway massacres lifted the veil slightly in court today on what he said was the Knights Templar network of far-right militants he claimed to be part of. Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people, first refused to answer prosecutors’ questions but then claimed he was at a founding meeting of the so-called KT in London in 2002 with three other ‘militant nationalists’.
“The essence of the entire KT network is to tie a heroic act to (a militant nationalist) identity,” the 33-year-old told the court. ‘That is what creates a foundation for continued resistance’ against the multicultural society, he said, before appearing to hint at his own deadly attacks: “That is what happened.”
The meeting in London, he said, was a bid to bring together all militant nationalists in Europe and to create a new tradition of ‘martyrdom’.
Breivik had during the first two days of his trial appeared calm and collected, answering questions and asking the court to acquit him while also saying he would ‘have done it again’.
But today, he grew frustrated with prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh’s questions over his claims that he had contact in Liberia with a nationalist Serb wanted for war crimes, and with three militant nationalists in London. “I do not want to provide information that could lead to the arrest of others,” he said.
Breivik also told her: “You are trying to sow doubt about whether the network exists... that is your purpose. I hope you will put less weight on ridiculing me and focus more on the issue,” he said.
When she persisted, he exploded at one point: “Yes, there was a meeting in London... I haven’t made up anything!” “I don’t want to say anything about that... I don’t want to say more about Liberia... I don’t want to say more about it,” Breivik repeated, forcing Engh to finally read from his police interrogation transcript.
Chief judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen warned Breivik that if he continued to refuse to answer, it could be used against him, but also stressed to the prosecutor that he was allowed to refuse to answer her questions