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Breivik says he won't appeal if deemed sane

Anders Behring Breivik arrives in court in Oslo Friday April 27, 2012 for the continuation of his trial.

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The Norwegian right-wing extremist who has admitted to killing 77 people in a massacre last year said Thursday that he doesn't plan to appeal the verdict if an Oslo court deems him sane.

Two psychological examinations carried out before the 10-week trial started reached opposite conclusions on whether Anders Behring Breivik is psychotic — the key issue to be resolved during the trial, which began in mid-April.

Mr. Breivik has confessed to the July 22 massacre when he gunned down 69 people at a youth retreat on Utoya island after setting off a bomb in central Oslo that killed eight others. But he denies criminal guilt for the rampage, saying the victims had betrayed their country by embracing immigration.

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The self-styled anti-Muslim crusader has strongly contested the psychological evaluation that deemed him insane for fear it would undermine his ideological reasoning.

"If I'm found sane, I have no grounds to appeal," the 33-year old suspect was cited as saying by broadcaster NRK at the end of Thursday's proceedings in the Oslo District Court.

His comments follow days of witness statements in court from survivors on Utoya who have given chilling accounts of how Mr. Breivik, dressed as a police officer, hunted them down one by one on the small island. Many of them said that Mr. Breivik smiled and let out victory cries as he gunned down his victims in the shooting spree.

Mr. Breivik denied that.

"It isn't correct that I smiled and laughed while I was on Utoya either," he told the court, adding that although he may have seemed emotionless in court, it was because he is good at hiding his emotions.

"Today, I feel almost injured on a mental level" after the witness statements, he said. "When I return to Ila (prison) I'm worn out."

Mr. Breivik also said he was disappointed that he had not been given enough time by the court to talk about his ideological convictions during the trial.

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The judge had given him permission to address the court for 30 minutes in his defence during the second day of the trial in which he gave a rambling hour-long address, reading from a statement that summarized a 1,500-page anti-Islamic manifesto he posted online before his bomb-and-shooting rampage 10 months ago.

He has also been denied permission to pose questions to witnesses.

If found guilty and sane, he would face 21 years in prison although he can be held longer if deemed a danger to society. If declared insane, he would be committed to compulsory psychiatric care.

The court case is expected to last until the end of June.

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