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Norway suspect cries as massacre trial opens

Anders Behring Breivik shed tears as he went on trial Monday on charges of killing 77 people -- but not for his victims. The emotional display came when prosecutors showed his anti-Muslim video.

Dressed in a dark suit and sporting a thin beard, the right-wing fanatic defended the July 22 massacre as an act of "self-defense" in his professed civil war and sat stone-faced as prosecutors described how he killed each of his victims.

But he was gripped by emotion when they showed the video he posted on YouTube before the attacks, warning of a Muslim takeover of Europe and laden with crusader imagery. The self-styled "resistance" fighter's eyes welled up. He cringed and wiped away tears with trembling hands.

"Nobody believes that he cried out of pity for the victims," said Mette Yvonne Larsen, a lawyer representing survivors' and victims' families in the court proceedings.

Breivik, 33, showed no signs of remorse on the first day of a trial that is expected to last 10 weeks. After being uncuffed, he extended his right arm in a clenched-fist salute. He refused to stand when the judges entered the room.

"I don't recognize Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism," Breivik said the first time he addressed the court.

The Norwegian also announced that he doesn't recognize the authority of Judge Wenche Elisabeth Arntzen because he said she is friends with the sister of former Norwegian Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Gro Harlem Brundtland.

Eight people were killed in Breivik's bombing of Oslo's government district and 69 were later slain in his shooting massacre at the left-leaning Labor Party's youth camp on Utoya island outside the capital.

Breivik has said the attacks were necessary to protect Norway from being taken over by Muslims and that he deliberately targeted the governing Labor Party, which he claims has betrayed Norway with liberal immigration policies.

"I admit to the acts, but not criminal guilt," he told the court, insisting he had acted in self-defense.

The key issue to be resolved during the trial is Breivik's mental state, which will decide whether he is sent to prison or into psychiatric care.

Breivik did not appear to have any family or supporters in court.

Many survivors and families of victims are worried that Breivik will use the trial to promote his extremist political ideology. In a manifesto he published online before the attacks, Breivik wrote that "patriotic resistance fighters" should use trials "as a platform to further our cause."

Norway's NRK television was broadcasting parts of the trial live but was not allowed to show Breivik's testimony.