Anders Behring Breivik, Neo-Nazi Who Killed 77, Dons White Supremacist Messages in Court

The Norwegian neo-Nazi who carried out attacks a decade ago that killed 77 people used his Tuesday parole hearing to push more white supremacist propaganda.

Anders Behring Breivik, 42, in 2011 carried out the deadliest peacetime attack in Norway since World War II, The Local Norway reported.

He started the attack by setting off a bomb in a truck outside government offices in the capital of Oslo, which killed eight people and wounded more.

After that, he drove to the island of Utøya, where an annual summer camp for the country's Labour Party's youth wing was being held. He opened fire on the camp, killing another 69 people, most of whom were teenagers.

The Local Norway reported he wrote a neo-Nazi manifesto before carrying out the attacks and targeted the victims because they "embraced multiculturalism."

Breivik then surrendered to the police. In 2012, he was sentenced to 21 years in prison, though the sentence can be extended as long as he is still deemed a threat to society.

However, Norwegian law allows prison inmates to seek parole after serving 10 years. Due to the nature of his crime, it is highly unlikely a conditional release will be granted.

Many worried Breivik would use this hearing as a platform to promote his white supremacist ideologies and his manifesto. The Local Norway said he has done so at each of his court appearances over the years.

These worries were seemingly confirmed when Breivik came into the hearing, held at a gym in Skien prison, wearing a suit with white supremacist messages attached to it, the Guardian reported.

The British news site said Breivik held up a white supremacist message written on his briefcase while the state prosecutor, Hulda Karlsdottir, made opening arguments, getting a reprimand from the court.

Breivik's speech at the hearing reportedly lasted an hour. And though he flashed a Nazi salute, he insisted he would not be violent again.

"Today, I strongly dissociate myself from violence and terror," he said. "I hereby give you my word of honor that this is behind me forever."

According to the Guardian, he said if he was granted parole, he would move to a non-western country or to the Arctic. The report added that he also claimed he was radicalized before the attack, though a similar claim was rejected a decade ago when the crime was first committed.

The Local Norway reported that a support group for the families of the victims said any mention of Breivik's case was a "great burden" on the survivors and victims' loved ones, adding that it wanted to "encourage as little focus as possible on the terrorist and his message."

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Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik went to court Tuesday after 10 years behind bars, claiming he is no longer a danger to society and attempting to get an early release from his 21-year sentence. Above, Breivik arrives in court on the first day of a parole hearing in Skien, Norway, January 18, 2022. Ole Berg-Rusten/NTB scanpix via AP