He is expected to be questioned further about the so-called Knights Templar, the far-right network of anti-Islam activists to which he claims to belong.

Prosecutors believe the group is a figment of Breivik’s imagination.

The court is seeking to establish whether he is sane and can be jailed.

On Tuesday, Breivik delivered a statement in which he said he would do it all again and asked to be acquitted.

His testimony and that of his witnesses will not be broadcast. His testimony is expected to last for five days.

Breivik killed 69 people at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoeya island, having first set off a bomb outside a government building in Oslo that killed eight people.

He said he had acted to defend Norway against immigration and multi-culturalism.

The leader of a support group for survivors of the 22 July attacks and victims’ families says Breivik will be judged as a mass murderer, not as a man with a political agenda.

“The focus from our point of view is that he is not tried for his political views; he is on trial because he killed people, killed youngsters on Utoeya and my colleagues in the government quarters and that is the main focus for us,” said Trond Blattmann.

“He has killed 77 people, he tried to kill several more, and he has ruined our lives and that is what he stands trial for and that is what is most important for us.”

The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg, in Oslo, says a contradictory picture of Breivik is emerging – a man who hates Muslims, but admired Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

Our correspondent says Breivik sees himself as a great Crusader, when in fact he was a high school dropout, a failed businessman and an addict of computer war games.

The prosecution began its cross-examination of Breivik on Tuesday. Topics covered included his choice of uniform and his claim to be a member of the Knights Templar group, which the prosecution has previously asserted does not exist.

Breivik insisted the group did have a few members, but conceded that the language he used to describe it may have been “pompous”.

Earlier, Breivik’s lawyers warned that many Norwegians would find his comments upsetting.—BBC

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