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Breivik to get 2nd mental exam

2012-01-13 13:01

Oslo - An Oslo court on Friday will order a new psychiatric examination of the man who killed 77 people in 2011 after an earlier team of experts sparked national debate by declaring him psychotic and unfit for prison, media reports said.

Dozens of survivors and others affected by Anders Behring Breivik's bombing and mass shooting in July have demanded a new evaluation, arguing that only someone in control of his faculties could have carried out the systematic attacks.

At a press conference scheduled for Friday, an Oslo District Court judge was to announce whether she would order a second opinion on the admitted killer's mental health.

Online newspaper VG reported late on Thursday that the decision had been made and that two psychiatrists would be appointed to see if they agreed with the previous finding that Breivik suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

State broadcaster NRK said several sources close to the case "felt completely sure" a new examination would be ordered.

Breivik admits detonating a bomb at government headquarters in Oslo that killed eight people before he gunned down 69 more at an island summer camp for Labour Party youths in acts designed to punish what he called pro-immigration "traitors".

Under Norwegian procedure the 32-year-old Oslo native is set to stand trial starting April 16 regardless of his mental state.

Assuming he is found guilty, court officials said, it will be up to a trial-judge panel to decide whether Breivik goes to prison for up to 21 years or to a locked psychiatric facility.

Medical opinions weigh heavily in Norwegian practice, however, and prosecutors have said they intend to request treatment rather than punishment given the initial diagnosis.

Comments
  • Gavin - 2012-01-13 13:42

    Interesting turn of events, that a man can pull something like this off, with such attention to detail and be so ruthlessly efficient, yet not be able to stand trial for his actions. I'm no expert, but it seems to me that in today's modern world, we are so concerned about the rights of murderers and terrorists that we've lost sight of the basic fundamentals of the punishment fitting the crime.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-13 16:16

      Yep. Put him and Kotze together. Perhaps throw in Devani, Shaik and Selebe. Let them live long, healthy and 'happy' lives in Polsmoor.

  • Pierre - 2012-01-13 13:47

    Rubbish, Gavin. If the guy is psychotic, that's a medical diagnosis, not a moral judgment. Being psychotic doesn't necessarily mean you are incapable of picking up a gun or planning a mass murder. But it does mean you lack criminal responsibility for your actions, because you can't distinguish between right and wrong.

      ryno.rousseau - 2012-01-13 13:52

      Assuming that there is something like right and wrong in the first place.

  • Graziella - 2012-01-13 14:02

    Breivik should join the US Marines, he would be happy there!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-13 16:17

      Who opened your cage again?

  • Jerzy - 2012-01-13 17:07

    Squueeg, Sheik and Selebi are criminals, but not murderers like the two other devils you mentioned. Why not J Arthur brown and Wendy Mechanik instead, and that way its a Lilly white pack of murderers and bandits.

  • Jerzy - 2012-01-13 17:10

    He is as sane as they come. He just happens to be an Islamophobic Christian fundamentalist who acted upon his beliefs and ultimately got apprehended.

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