Psychiatric evaluation finds Norway killer insane

Psychiatric evaluation finds Norway killer insane

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The court-appointed expert in the Breivik-case, psychiatrist Torger Husby, center background, delivered his psychiatric evaluation of Anders Behring Breivik to the District Court Judge Nina Opsahl, second right, on Tuesday Nov. 29 in the courthouse in Oslo as Police Attorney Christian Hatlo, front, arrives. The forensic psychiatrists who evaluated the mental state of confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik have handed over their assessment to a Norwegian court. The report will help determine whether the 32-year-old right-wing extremist can be held criminally liable for a bomb-and-shooting massacre in which 77 people were killed on July 22. (AP Photo/Heiko Junge/Scanpix) NORWAY OUT

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Posted on November 29, 2011 at 7:48 AM

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- A psychiatric evaluation of confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik found he was insane during the July 22 bomb and shooting attacks that killed 77 people in Norway, prosecutors said Tuesday.
   
If a court agrees with that assessment, the self-declared anti-Muslim militant cannot be sentenced to prison but will be subjected to compulsory psychiatric care, prosecutors told reporters in Oslo.
   
"The conclusions of the forensic experts is that Anders Behring Breivik was insane," prosecutor Svein Holden said, adding Breivik was in a state of psychosis during Norway's worst peacetime massacre.
 
In Norway, an insanity defense requires that a defendant be in a state of psychosis while committing the crime with which he or she is charged. That means the defendant has lost contact with reality to the point that he's no longer in control of his own actions.
   
The 243-page report will be reviewed by a panel from the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine, which could ask for additional information and add its own opinions.
   
The head of that panel told AP in July that it was unlikely that Breivik would be declared legally insane because the attacks were so carefully planned and executed.
 

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