Spectator Throws Shoe At Mass Killer

By: CNN (posted by Justin Surrency) Email
By: CNN (posted by Justin Surrency) Email
The trial of admitted Norway mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was disrupted Friday when a brother of one of the 77 people killed in last summer

Norway's twin terror attacks suspect Anders Behring Breivik, left, sits in an armored police vehicle after leaving the courthouse following a hearing in Oslo Monday July 25, 2011 where he pleaded not guilty to one of the deadliest modern mass killings in peacetime. The man who has confessed to carrying out a bombing and shooting spree that left 93 people dead in Norway will be held in complete isolation for four weeks after a hearing in which he said his terror network had two other cells. (AP Photo/Aftenposten/Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen) NORWAY OUT

CNN- The trial of admitted Norway mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was disrupted Friday when a brother of one of the 77 people killed in last summer's massacre threw a shoe at the defendant.

"You killed my brother. Go to hell! Go to hell," the spectator yelled as he threw the shoe, which missed Breivik but hit one of his defense lawyers, Vibeke Hein Baera, who was sitting closest to the courtroom spectators, according to a report from Views and News from Norway.

"If someone wants to throw something at me, do it at me while I'm entering or leaving, and not at my lawyer," Breivik said, according to a report from BBC News.

Police escorted the thrower, who was not identified, from the courtroom, but his actions were greeted by applause and shouts of "Bravo!" by others spectators, reports said.

Views and News, citing Norway's VG Nett, reported that the shoe thrower lives outside of Norway and had flown into Oslo on Wednesday so he could be at the trial when his brother's autopsy was presented.

Some reports said the shoe thrower was from Iraq, a country where the action is seen as a grave insult because the bottom of shoes are unclean.

Shoe throwing gained international attention in 2008 when an Iraqi reporter threw a shoe at then-U.S. President George Bush during a news conference in Baghdad.

Friday's incident occurred as a prosecutor was finishing up a presentation on autopsy reports of victims shot by Breivik on Utoya Island, where 69 people were killed while attending a Labor Party summer youth camp.

According to the BBC News report, Breivik said in court Friday that during that assault, "Someone threw an object at me and it hit me in the face" in an attempt to stop him. He did not say what the object was.

Defense attorney Baera, who was hit by the shoe Friday, later told Norwegian Broadcasting that as the trial was expected to last at least six more weeks, "I hope we can return to more dignified proceedings,” Views and News reported.

Breivik boasts of being an ultranationalist who killed his victims to fight multiculturalism in Norway.


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