Breivik sane, new doctors state

April 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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OSLO, Norway, April 10 (UPI) -- Confessed terrorist Anders Breivik, who admitted to killing 77 people last summer in Oslo, Norway, is sane, court-appointed psychiatrists determined.

The Oslo City Court said Tuesday the psychiatrists concluded Breivik was not psychotic when he bombed Norway's government headquarters in downtown Oslo, killing eight people, and then went on a rampage at a Labor Party summer camp on nearby Utoya Island where he shot and killed 77 people July 22, News and Views from Norway reported.

The determination conflicts with an earlier exam that declared Breivik criminally insane. Prosecutors said such a conflict would raise doubt about Breivik's mental state and likely would favor the defendant, meaning he could avoid prison and be placed under psychiatric care until he is deemed mentally healthy.

However, Breivik has maintained he is sane and his lawyers said he wants to be considered sane, News and Views said. Breivik has said his attacks were fueled by political ideology.

Breivik is charged with carrying out acts of terror. He is also accused of premeditated murder. Under the country's so-called "terror paragraph," prosecutors claimed he disrupted society and created fear -- a first in Norwegian history.

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