Trial begins for Anders Behring Breivik in Oslo, Norway

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    OLSO, Norway (CBS) -- A terror trial has begun in Norway for the man who admits killing 77 people last summer. Survivors and victims' families packed the 200 seat courtroom.

    Anders Behring Breivik smiled as a guard removed his handcuffs then gave a defiant closed fist salute and his trial began in a packed Oslo courtroom.

    Breivik told the court he killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting spree in Norway last summer. But he pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, saying he acted in self-defense to save the country from a Muslim takeover.

    Breivik wiped away tears when prosecutors showed an anti-Muslim video he posted on YouTube before the killing spree.

    Lawyers showed a map of Utoya Island and detailed Breivik's movements as he attacked teenagers at a political summer camp. Victims and their families sat behind a thick glass barrier in a courtroom built specifically for the trial.

    Shooting survivor Vegard Groslie Wennesland says, "Last time I saw him in person, I saw him shoot and kill my friends. So it is tough but it is also important to get through it."

    Breivik posed as a police officer as he hunted down and killed dozens on Utoya island after bombing a government building in Oslo. He told investigators he was part of a far-right militant group, but police believe he acted alone.

    The 33-year old says he will testify Tuesday. Lawyers say he will not apologize for his actions and wants to prove he is sane.

    If deemed mental competent, Breivik faces a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison.

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