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Decision-time in Breivik trial

2012-06-20 22:56

Oslo - After nearly 10 weeks of gruelling testimony starting with the confessed killer's own account of one of the worst peacetime massacres in modern history, it's time for prosecutors to make a call: Is Anders Behring Breivik insane or not?

Prosecutor Svein Holden on Wednesday said "The decision has been taken," as he prepared for closing arguments in a trial that has captivated Norway since mid-April.

Breivik, a self-described anti-Muslim militant, has admitted he carried out the bombing and shooting rampage that left 77 dead on 22 July, so guilt is not an issue.

The main thing left to determine is whether to send the 33-year-old Norwegian to a prison or mental institution.

Weeks of fractious testimony from mental health experts suggest it's a complicated decision.