Man torches self outside mass murderer trial venue

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A Norwegian caused stir on Tuesday when he set himself ablaze outside the venue where mass murderer  Anders Behring Breivik has been  facing trial.

The mentally-ill man  set himself on fire outside the court where Anders  is being tried for the bombing and shooting massacre that killed 77 people.

Police said the man did not appear to have any connections to the case, which has been under way since mid-April in the Oslo District Court.

Before the incident the man had stopped by the office of Norwegian lawyer Bente Roli, where he dropped off an envelope with “confused” notes.

“He was disturbed. Very much. He has nothing to do with the July 22 events,” she said.

A video clip of the incident posted on Norwegian newspaper VG’s website showed the man setting himself on fire before stunned witnesses. He walked up to police with flames shooting up from his sweater and hat, and appeared to yell “shoot me, it hurts” in a Scandinavian language with a foreign accent.

Anders on Trial

He then ran toward the security checkpoint outside the court but turned right just before the entrance and slumped to the pavement. The man shouted in pain as police officers rushed up to him and tore off his burning sweater.

“There were police officers on site and the fire was put out quickly,” police operations leader Finn Belle said.

Ms Roli said she was not in the office when the man came in but her secretary met him.

“He was psychologically unstable and thought he was the victim of a conspiracy,” she said. “He thought everyone was after him because of the social problems he has.” The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Breivik has admitted to setting off a car bomb that killed eight people outside government headquarters in Oslo, and then killing 69 people in a shooting rampage at the Labour Party’s annual youth camp. The self-styled anti-Muslim militant has shown no remorse for the attacks, saying the victims had betrayed Norway by embracing multiculturalism.

-UKPA