Man Hurls Shoe at Breivik, Hits Lawyer

Brother was victim of Norway attacks
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2012 7:37 AM CDT
Man Hurls Shoe at Breivik, Hits Lawyer
Anders Behring Breivik, center, is escorted from the courtroom by police following the incident, in Oslo, Friday, May 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Heiko Junge, NTB scanpix)

An onlooker at the trial of Anders Behring Breivik launched a shoe at the admitted killer today, shouting, "Go to hell, go to hell, you killed my brother." The throw marked the first public interruption of the trial, Reuters notes, and it was met with applause, tears, and cries of "bravo." The shoe missed Breivik, instead hitting one of his lawyers; the incident briefly halted the hearing.

In tears, the thrower was escorted out by police while continuing to yell "go to hell" in English, the Telegraph reports, noting that the man was "of Iraqi origin." Afterward, Breivik spoke to the courtroom: "If someone wants to throw something at me, do it at me while I'm entering or leaving, and not at my lawyer." Police called the situation a "spontaneous and emotional reaction" and not a "serious security risk," the AP notes. (More Anders Behring Breivik stories.)

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