Norway killer declared sane

Apr 11, 2012, 08:27 IST | Agencies

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik has been ruled sane by psychiatrists ahead of his terror trial.

The shock ruling flies in the face of an earlier assessment that diagnosed the self-confessed killer as psychotic.The new conclusion comes just six days before the 33-year-old Norwegian goes on trial on terror charges for the bomb and shooting rampage on July 22 that killed 77 people.

Shock decision: The psychiatrists said that Breivik was not psychotic at the time of the actions of terrorism nor was he psychotic now. File pic

Following his initial diagnosis prosecutors said he should be committed to a mental institution instead of prison if convicted. The court will now take both psychiatric assessments into account during the trial, which starts Monday and is scheduled to last 10 weeks.

The new assessment was made by psychiatrists Terje Toerrissen and Agnar Aspaas on a request from the court after widespread criticism against the first diagnosis. Toerrissen said, “Our conclusion is that he was not psychotic at the time of the actions of terrorism and he is not psychotic now.”

Breivik has confessed to the attacks but denies criminal guilt. He claims the attacks were necessary in what he calls a civil war against Islam in Europe.

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