NORWEGIAN self-confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has told a court that questioning his mental health amounted to ''racism'' aimed at delegitimising his extreme anti-Islamic views.
Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people last year in shooting and bombing attacks, said had he been a ''bearded jihadist'', his mental health would not be questioned.
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''If I had been a bearded jihadist, there would not have been a forensic psychiatric report at all,'' he said. ''But since I am a militant nationalist, I am subjected to gross racism. They are trying to delegitimise everything I stand for.''
Breivik, 33, maintains he is sane and wants to be either acquitted or handed the death penalty for killing eight people in a bombing attack outside government headquarters in Oslo and shooting dead 69 in a rampage on an island outside the capital.
Breivik said he targeted the youth summer camp run by the ruling Labour Party on Utoya island because of its pro-immigration policies, which he said are a threat to Norway.
Two psychiatric teams reached contradicting conclusions on his mental health, which is the main factor at the trial. Breivik has pleaded not guilty and told the court he wanted to be held accountable for the attacks.
If he is found to have been sane, the presiding judges can sentence him to up to 21 years in prison, with a provision to keep him behind bars longer if he is still considered dangerous. If he is found to have been insane, Breivik can be kept in forced psychiatric care.
The decision will be in the hands of the two professional and three lay judges at the trial.
''This case is very simply that I am not a psychotic case and I am sane,'' Breivik told the court on Friday. ''I understand that when you see something too extreme, you might think it is irrational and insane. But you must separate political extremism from insanity.''
On Monday, Breivik described how he stalked and executed teenagers attending a political youth camp on Utoya.
''I have never experienced anything so gruesome,'' he said.
''It was probably even more horrendous for those I was hunting. But it was necessary. Yes, it was necessary. The July 22 operation was necessary.
''When people say they have lost their most beloved, I also lost my entire family, I lost my friends. It was my choice. I sacrificed them, but I lost my entire family and friends on 22 July. I lost everything. So to a certain extent, I understand.''
In his last scheduled day of testimony, Breivik appeared angry and defensive during an exchange with the prosecution over a 1500-page manifesto he published online shortly before the attacks.
Prosecutors have said the Templar Knights militant group, to which he claims to belong, does not exist. The self-proclaimed knight told the court he did not want to ''tempt fate'' by wearing a home-made uniform in court, as he initially desired, because this could be used as evidence of his insanity.
The court overnight was due to hear from witnesses of the Utoya shootings and a bomb blast in central Oslo that killed eight more people.
DPA, NEW YORK TIMES