Norway gunman is 'criminally insane'

Nov 30, 2011, 09:15 IST | Agencies
Psychiatrists assessing Anders Behring Breivik have concluded that he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and is 'not accountable for attacks'

A psychiatric report on Anders Behring Breivik has found that the confessed gunman is insane and therefore not fit to stand trial over twin attacks that killed 77 people.
The finding by the two forensic psychiatrists will help determine whether Breivik is sentenced to prison or psychiatric care.

Not to blame? The two psychiatrists Synne Serheim and Torgeir Husby
in their findings say that Anders Breivik is not fit to stand trial. File Pic

Prosecutor Svein Holden says the report shows Breivik was "psychotic" during the attack. If that assessment is upheld by the court then Breivik cannot be sentenced to prison for the attacks.

"The conclusion is... is that he is insane," Holden said. "He lives in his own delusional universe and his thoughts and acts are governed by this universe."

The two psychiatrists Synne Serheim and Torgeir Husby, delivered their finding to the Oslo district court yesterday morning.

"We have no doubt when it comes to our conclusions," said Husby as he submitted the report. "It was a lot of work," Husby said.

Breivik was suffering from a psychosis that altered his judgment leading up to and at the time of the attacks.

Breivik has admitted to setting off a bomb outside the government offices, before going on a shooting rampage on the island of Utoeya.

In his manifestor, Breivik said he was on a "crusade" against Islam and professed his hatred for Western-style democracy.

Luxury cell for Breivik
Prison chiefs are building mass murderer Anders Breivik a ­multimillion-euro suite at Europe's softest jail because he feels lonely in solitary confinement. The right-wing extremist will get a bedroom, lounge and communal area to be shared with three other high-risk criminals, all at the taxpayers' expense. Knut Bjarkeid, director of Norway's Ila Prison, said, "It is unfair he's alone. This solution can give him fellowship."

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