Breivik: I was created like German neo-Nazi killers
The Norwegian extremist on trial for killing 77 people told a court on Tuesday he had been ‘created’ by the same forces which had led to the German National Socialist Underground (NSU) cell, suspected of nine race-based murders.
Speaking to the Oslo court on the second day of his trial, Anders Behring Breivik drew parallels between himself and other far-right terrorists who he said had been banned from expressing themselves freely since the end of World War II.
“It is these injustices that created me, the “laser man” in Sweden and the NSU in Germany,” he said, according to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The “laser man” was John Ausonius, who shot at immigrants in Sweden between 1991 and 1992 and was jailed for life after being convicted of murder and nine counts of attempted murder.
The NSU was an alleged group of two men and a woman who were immersed in the neo-Nazi scene and claimed to have shot and killed nine men across the country – eight of whom were of Turkish heritage, one of whom was Greek. They are also suspected of having killed a German policewoman.
The two NSU men, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt, died after a bank robbery went wrong – after being cornered by police in their caravan, it is thought that one shot the other and then himself. Their alleged accomplice Beate Zschäpe handed herself in to police.
Breivik, 33, is accused of killing eight people with a bomb in central Oslo last July before heading for the holiday island of Utoya where he shot and killed 69 mostly young people.
He told the court he was, “not a nationalist, I am an ultranationalist”, and that he felt the massacre was “necessary”.
“I carried out the most sophisticated and spectacular political attack in Europe since the Second World War,” he said.