The man charged with killing 77 people in a Norway bombing and shooting spree admitted to the massacre Monday, but claimed it was done in self-defense over his war on "multiculturism."
Before addressing the court, a defiant Anders Behring Breivik, 33, put his right fist on his chest and extended it in a salute.
"I don't recognize Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism," Breivik said -- his first comments to the court.
"I admit to the acts, but not criminal guilt," he later added.
Breivik is on trial for the July 22, 2011 killing of eight people in a bombing in Oslo's government district and 69 others, mostly teens, who died in a subsequent shooting massacre at the Labor Party's youth camp on Utoya Island.
The attack challenged current thinking on terrorism in Europe, as photos of a blond hair, blue-eyed Breivik surfaced. His conservative, anti-Muslim beliefs were revealed in a video manifesto and other posts online.
Breivik claims he was fighting a Muslim invasion in Europe and defending himself against a left-leaning government that was embracing Islam.
The 10-week trial is expected to analyze Breivik's mental health and decide whether he should be imprisoned or given psychiatric help.
Breivik will call right-wing extremists and radical Islamists to testify during the trial to show that there are others who share his view of clashing civilizations.