UPDATED: The two psychiatrists assessing Anders Behring Breivik’s fitness for trial have deemed the accused to be 'criminally insane'.
At today’s press conference, state prosecutors Svein Holden and Inga Bejer Engh revealed Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim’s report states that Breivik was psychotic, both at the time he committed his acts and under observation.
The medical experts think the mass murderer developed his mental illness, termed as "paranoid schizophrenia", over time, changing him into the person he is today.
All Breivik's thoughts and actions were controlled by "his own delusional universe", according to them. He believed he was chosen to decide who would live or die, intending to carry out breeding projects of Norwegians and organise them in reserves.
The report also shows Breivik describes himself as "the most perfect knight since WWII", and that he was selected to save his people. The terrorist alleges he committed his acts out of love for his people.
Breivik believed the Knights Templar would take over power in Europe, with himself as being the future regent of Norway and Europe.
“We’ve reached a conclusion that is without a shadow of a doubt,” court-appointed Torgeir Husby told NRK earlier today.
Should Oslo District Court choose to follow experts' conclusions, which has usually been the case in criminal trials, Breivik cannot be put in jail or sentenced to preventative detention.
“A person who is psychotic when committing a criminal act cannot be sentenced to punishment. In such instance, the person is suffering from such a serious mental disorder that convicting him/her to a sentence would be unwarrantable. The principle that an insane person cannot be punished has been a firmly established principle of law in Norway ever since medieval times,” the prosecutors stated in a press release.
Breivik will instead probably be transferred to a facility for compulsory psychiatric treatment, possibly having to spend the rest of his days under such restrictions.
According to the prosecutors, “The reason for this arrangement is that society has a need to protect itself from dangerous offenders who cannot be ordered to serve an ordinary prison sentence.
“A sentence entailing transfer to compulsory mental health care must be extended every 3 years. At such time, it is for the court to decide whether the sentence is to be upheld [...] At such time, it is for the court to decide whether the sentence is to be upheld.”
Approximately 111 insane offenders have been sentenced to compulsory mental health care in institutions administered by regional authority Helse Sør-Øst, who will ultimately be responsible for Breivik as he resides in that part of the country.
“Some 50 % of this group have committed murder or attempted murder. Several of these are currently staying in so-called “security units” at various hospitals.”
Psychiatrists Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim, have been working on their assessment of Breivik since August. Protected by a glass security wall, they have conducted 13 conversations stretching over 36 hours.
Today’s 243-page report, also based on more than 130 hours of police interrogations as well as psychiatrists’ own observations, is believed to be the longest in Norwegian legal history.
Ila prison officials are now considering whether to transfer Breivik from his cell to a psychiatric hospital.
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