Prosecutors said they would not challenge the ruling given by a district court, which said Breivik was mentally sound and could be held responsible for such a gruesome incident, unparalleled in the history of the Scandinavian country. He was sentenced to 21 years of prison, which is again subject to extension.
Breivik said he did not recognise the court's authority and hence could not legitimise the court by accepting the verdict. He would neither appeal against the verdict for he believes that would legitimise the court.
Breivik said he wanted to tender an apology but not to the victims. He, instead, apologised to all militant nationalists for not being able to kill more people. Earlier on Friday, Breivik seemed apparently satisfied after Judge Wenche Elisabeth Arntzen read out the verdict and sentenced the former to 'preventive detention', which meant he will not be released again.
Breivik, since his arrest, said his action was meant to draw attention to his extreme right-wing ideology and wanted to inspire a long-lasting movement by militant nationalists across Europe.
(With agency inputs)