Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

New psychiatric report for Breivik

Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the bomb and shooting spree on July 22 that killed 77 people (AP)
Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the bomb and shooting spree on July 22 that killed 77 people (AP)
Flags and flowers are seen in Sundvollen, close to Utoya island, where gunman Anders Behring Breivik killed dozens at a youth camp (76)

A Norwegian court has ordered a new psychiatric evaluation of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, after an earlier report found him legally insane.

Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen said in Oslo that the new evaluation was necessary considering widespread criticism of the initial findings, which suggested Breivik should be sent to psychiatric care instead of prison.

She said two Norwegian psychiatrists had been appointed for the new evaluation.

Breivik has confessed to a bomb and shooting spree on July 22 that killed 77 people.

Breivik denies criminal guilt, saying he is a commander of a resistance movement aiming to overthrow European governments and replace them with "patriotic" regimes that will deport Muslim immigrants.

Investigators have found no sign of such a movement and say Breivik most likely plotted and carried out the attacks on his own.

The first court-ordered assessment found the 32-year-old Norwegian was psychotic during the attacks, which would make him mentally unfit to be convicted and imprisoned for the country's worst peacetime massacre.

That conclusion drew criticism from many outside experts who questioned whether someone who is suffering from a grave mental illness could carry out such a well-planned attack.

Asked what would happen if the new assessment conflicts with the first one, Ms Arntzen said both reports would be considered by the court when the trial starts in April.

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