Breivik on 'drugs' for Norway massacre

2012-05-31 22:36
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Oslo - Anders Behring Breivik took illegal substances to increase his physical and mental capacities on the day he launched the killing spree last July, an expert told an Oslo court on Thursday.

Before he launched his July 22 bomb attac on a government building in Oslo and went on a shooting rampage on Utoeya island, Breivik said he had taken an an ECA stack, a combination of ephedrine, caffeine and aspirin.

This mix is illegal in Norway and the United States among other countries but is popular among body-builders and is often used for weight loss and as a stimulant.

"He was slightly to moderately under the influence of a high affecting the central nervous system," Professor Joerg Moerland of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health told the Oslo district court on the 28th day of Breivik's trial.

The 33-year-old right-wing extremist has said he took 50% more than the normal ECA stack dose authorised in the European Union only a few hours before his attacks.

Breivik has told the court the drug cocktail allows "the brain to absorb more oxygen and this results in better physical and mental performance".

According to Moerland, ephedrine boosts both self-confidence and one's willingness to take risks.

The effect of the substances was nonetheless limited, the expert said, saying that if one just looked at the caffeine the amount Breivik had taken was equivalent to "four to six big cups of moderately strong coffee".

In the months leading up to the attacks, the 33-year-old extremist also took anabolic steroids to help build muscle mass.

"In my eyes, there was no additional effect due to the steroids, but I cannot exclude that they could have contributed to his aggressiveness and agitation," Moerland told the court.

Breivik has confessed to the twin attacks but has refused to plead guilty, insisting they were "cruel but necessary" to stop the ruling Labour Party's "multicultural experiment" and the "Muslim invasion" of Norway and Europe.

While he has been charged with committing acts of terror, the focal point of his ongoing trial is to determine the question of his sanity.

The ruling of the five judges on that issue, when they hand down their verdict in July, will determine whether he will be sent to prison or a closed psychiatric ward.

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