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Anders Behring Breivik calls for acquittal or execution

The 33-year-old complained of being ridiculed in the courtroom but said the maximum 21-year sentence was "pathetic."

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Self-confessed mass murderer and right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik clenches his fist in a salute as he arrive on day three in room 250 at the central court in Oslo on April 18, 2012. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Norwegian anti-Islamic fanatic Anders Behring Breivik told a coutroom today the he should either be executed or acquitted outright in the killing of 77 people in July, according to The Associated Press.

Breivik also said the maximum 21-year sentences imposed in his country, which has abolished the death penalty, were "pathetic."

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"Acquittal or the death penalty are the only logical outcomes of this case," Breivik was quoted as saying. "I view 21 years in prison as a pathetic sentence."

He has likewise expressed irritation with prosecution efforts to ridicule him and undermine his claims to belong to a radical network known as the Knights Templar, which apparently borrows its name from medieval knights from the Crusades.

"I hope you will focus on the issue, not the person," the 33-year-old Breivik told the court, Reuters quoted a visibly irritated Breivik as saying.

Breivik, 33, told the court that he is part of an international right-wing network called the Knights Templar.

However, according to the BBC, prosecutors are trying to show that the network doesn't exist.

Breivik said that it did, and that police just hadn’t done a good enough job in uncovering it.

Besides which, he said: "It is not in my interest to shed light on details that could lead to arrests."

Breivik also told the court that he had an English "mentor" named Richard the Lionheart and had also met with a Serb "war hero" in Liberia.

However, when Inga Bejer Engh asked him about the network, he said he hoped she would "ridicule me less and stick to the events."

He refused to give details on what he said was the founding session of the "Knights Templar" in London in 2002, Al Jazeera reported.

According to the Associated Press, the issue is key to determining Breivik’s sanity, and whether he’s sent to prison or compulsory psychiatric care for killing eight people with a car bomb in Oslo on July 22 and then shooting 69 people — mainly teenagers — at a Labor Party summer camp.

Breivik has pleaded not guilty to terrorism and murder charges on grounds that his rampage was a "necessity." He has called his victims "traitors" with immigrant-friendly ideas.

So far one psychiatric evaluation had found him psychotic and “delusional,” while another found him mentally competent to be sent to prison.

Breivik went on trial on Monday. On Tuesday, he reportedly showed no remorse, saying he'd do it all again.

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