(REUTERS – 3RD MAY) As the trial of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik resumed on Thursday (May 3) after a three-day break, the court turned its focus to the events on Utoeya island where 69 people were killed.
So far the trial, which started on April 16, has dealt with the Oslo bombing.
Breivik admits killing eight people with a car bomb at government offices in Oslo, then gunning down 69 people, mostly teenagers, at an island summer camp of the ruling
Labour Party, in what he has described as a counter-attack against multiculturalism.
On Thursday, the theme of the hearing will be Breivik’s arrival at Utoeya.
Police officers will testify about the weapons Breivik used on Utoeya and give details about the crime scene investigation before the court will start hearing witnesses.
Among the first witnesses to be heard will be Jon Olsen, the captain of the boat that took Breivik to the island and whose partner, who worked on Utoeya, was Breivik’s first victim there along with a police officer.
The Oslo court has decided that the testimonies of witnesses and injured will not be broadcast on television.
On Utoeya, Breivik shot most of his victims several times, often using the first shot to take down his target then following up with a shot to the head. His youngest victim was 14.
Disguised as a police officer, Breivik managed to lure some of his victims out of hiding, saying help had arrived. Other victims jumped into the lake, where he shot them in the water. He later surrendered as “commander of the Norwegian resistance movement”.
The testimonies concerning the events on Utoeya will last until June 4.