Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Norwegian mass murderer declared insane

Anders Behring Breivik was declared insane and may face compulsory treatment for killing 77 people in his July 22 twin attacks on Oslo government offices and a Labor Party youth camp south of the Norwegian capital.

Breivik suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and is "delusional" according to a court ordered evaluation, prosecutor Svein Holden said yesterday at a press conference in Oslo, after being presented with a 243-page report by forensic psychiatrists Torgeir Husby and Synne Soerheim. The report was based on 13 talks with Breivik over a 36-hor period.

The evaluation, which will need approval by the Board of Forensic Medicine, may mean that the 32-year-old will be placed in compulsory psychiatric treatment, potentially for as long as life, rather than prison. A trial will be needed to establish guilt, prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh said at the briefing

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/norway-gunman-breivik-declared-insane-20111130-1o5in.html#ixzz1f6Kg7FAZ