BEIJING, July 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Confessed terrorist Anders Behring Breivik hoped to trigger a nationalist revolution in Norway. But his double act of mass murder and destruction seems to have stirred only dignified defiance in this wealthy, idealistic nation renowned for its commitment to peace. On Monday, Breivik appeared before the court as details continue to emerge about his crimes.
Outside the Oslo district court, reporters and members of the public had gathered to witness what is certain to be an historic case.
Anders Behring Breivik had asked the court for an open hearing, which would have allowed the press access to the court room.
However, the police had reservations, and the public prosecutor petitioned the judge to hold the hearing behind closed doors.
Meanwhile, the Court has handed down a ruling, allowing Breivik to be held in custody for eight weeks.
Under the ruling, the 32-year-old suspect will live in complete isolation for the first four weeks, and will be banned from receiving letters, visits or media contact for the full eight weeks.
Breivik faces 21 years in prison if convicted of terrorism charges, but he's told the authorities that he never expects to be released. While 21 years is the stiffest sentence a Norwegian judge can hand down, a special sentence can be given to prisoners deemed a danger to society. Under such a sentence, and initial sentence of 21-years may be renewed indefinitely.
Monday's court proceedings were delayed as angry protestors attempted to block the police convoy bringing Breivik from his cell in a police station in eastern Oslo, en route to the courthouse.
Breivik admits responsibility for both attacks, but does not recognize his actions are illegal.
(Source: China Daily)