The 32-year-old confessed gunman responsible for the mass murder of 77 people in Norway back in July was insane when he detonated a car bomb and went on a shooting rampage, two psychiatrists declared in a 243-page report on Tuesday. If a court agrees, Anders Behring Breivik may not face prison time.
The two psychiatrists, who spent a total of 36 hours interviewing the anti-Muslim domestic terrorist, believe Breivik was psychotic and should instead be sent to a psychiatric ward.
The pair’s report must now be reviewed “by a panel of forensic psychiatrists before the court makes a ruling on whether Breivik is legally insane,” the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
The psychiatrists, whose report is not binding on the court, described Breivik as a “paranoid schizophrenic” governed by delusions. “He committed the murders — or executions, as he calls them — for the love of his people,” the psychiatrists told Norway’s TV-2. “He characterizes himself as the most perfect knight after World War II, and that his organization — ‘Knights Templar’ — will take over power in Europe, and he suggests itself also as a future ruler of Norway.”
The AP has more:
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.
“That’s interesting,” the head of the panel, Dr. Tarjei Rygnestad, told the AP on Tuesday when asked to comment on the report’s conclusions.
In July, Rygnestad said that a psychotic person typically struggles to perform even simple tasks like driving a car, and that the meticulous planning and skills required for Breivik’s attacks spoke against psychosis.
On Tuesday, Rygnestad told AP that his earlier comments were based on “secondary information” and that a person’s mental state can only be determined through in-depth analysis. He said he had not read the full report yet. But he maintained his assertion that psychotic people typically aren’t able to carry out complex tasks that require intricate planning.
“Usually not. Then again, unusual things also happen,” he said.
Prosecutors, by the way, insist a psychiatric ward would be no less of a punishment.
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