Breivik to have second psychiatric evaluation

Jan. 13, 2012 at 3:53 PM
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OSLO, Norway, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Confessed Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik will undergo a second psychiatric evaluation, officials say.

At a press conference in Oslo Friday, Judge Wenche Arntzen appointed psychiatrists Agnar Aspass and Terje Toerrissen to perform a second evaluation of Breivik.

The decision comes after prison psychologists monitoring Breivik found him showing no signs of mental illness last month.

Breivik, 32, confessed to opening fire on a youth summer camp, killing 69, and setting off a bomb in Oslo's government district, killing eight on July 22. He released a manifesto the day of the attacks that claimed the killings were necessary to alert Norwegians to the dangers of Islam.

In November, forensic psychiatrists diagnosed him with paranoid schizophrenia, a conclusion widely criticized by other mental health professionals who argue a paranoid schizophrenic could not undertake such a premeditated plot.

Aspass and Toerrissen have been appointed to deliver a second opinion, The Daily Telegraph reports.

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