Decapitating ex-Norway PM was Breivik's goal
Added At: 2012-04-19 10:59 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-19 10:59 PM
OSLO: Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik today testified that he had planned to capture and decapitate former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland during his shooting massacre on Utoya island.
Breivik said his plan was to film the beheading and post the video on the Internet. Brundtland had already left the Labor Party’s youth camp on Utoya when Breivik arrived on July 22, after setting off a bomb in Oslo that killed eight people.
“The plan was to behead Gro Harlem Brundtland while it was being filmed,” Breivik told the court. He said al-Qaida’s use of decapitation had inspired him, but said “beheading is traditional European death penalty. It was meant to be used as a very powerful psychological weapon,” he said.
Brundtland was prime minister for the Labor Party for 10 years. She later headed the World Health Organisation and was appointed as a UN climate change envoy in 2007.
On the fourth day of his trial in Oslo on terror charges, Breivik spoke at ease about Norway’s worst peacetime massacre, describing the victims as “traitors” and showing no sign of remorse. “The goal was not to kill 69 people on Utoya. The goal was to kill them all,” Breivik said.
He said he planned to set off three bombs in Oslo, including at the royal palace, but building just one fertiliser bomb turned out to be “much more difficult than I thought.”“I settled on the palace in a setting where the royal family wouldn’t be hurt,” he said. “Most nationalists and cultural conservatives are supporters of the monarchy, including myself.”