The extreme right-wing gun enthusiast called his attack, which left 77 dead, the most “spectacular” assault by a nationalist militant since World War II.

Breivik had prepared a speech in jail, which he read out in court.

He said that his actions were the result of “goodness not evil” and claimed that life in prison or dying for his people would be “the biggest honour”.

A racist hate video that Breivik  had filmed was also screened in the Oslo court.

However, Breivik insisted that he is not guilty of murder, claiming instead that he acted in “self-defence” to prevent his country from being taken over by Muslims.

He told the court: “I don’t recognise Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism.”

Breivik planted a bomb at government offices in Oslo – killing eight – and shot dead scores of teenagers on the nearby island of Utoya, which was hosting a Labour Party youth camp, last July.

Breivik was ruled sane by psychiatrists ahead of his trial.

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