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Breivik trial Day 37: Experts describe difficult conditions and defend report. UPDATED: Following yesterday’s testimony by just one witness, psychiatrists Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim are now scheduled to give evidence, Thursday. The experts, who took the stand together, have received much criticism over their report due to their findings that Breivik was insane. Judge Wenche Arntzen overruled the wishes of Breivik’s mother who did not want the details of his childhood told to the court.

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Breivik trial Day 37: Experts describe difficult conditions and defend report

Published on Wednesday, 13th June, 2012 at 21:20 under the news category, by Ben McPherson and Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 15th June 2012 at 06:36.

UPDATED: Following yesterday’s testimony by just one witness, psychiatrists Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim are now scheduled to give evidence, Thursday.

Torgeir Husby (L), Synne Sørheim (R)
Torgeir Husby (L), Synne Sørheim (R)
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The experts, who took the stand together, have received much criticism over their report due to their findings that Breivik was insane.

Judge Wenche Arntzen overruled the wishes of Breivik’s mother who did not want the details of his childhood told to the court.

The judge decided that the public interest outweighed the right of his mother to ask for confidentiality.Information about Breivik’s mother that was deemed to be sensitive was not broadcast, however.

Torgeir Husby told the court that an accurate diagnosis of Breivik could only be given after speaking with him, claiming that the critics had made their diagnosis after observing him from a distance.

Husby stated that they were working under a state of emergency when it came to interviewing Breivik. He also complained that Ila prison and the police had given them less access than asked for and changed the schedule at short notice.

The expert described the process to the court admitting that their initial diagnosis of psychosis was a tentative one.

Synne Sørheim explained that they had to have 13 conversations with Breivik in order to gather enough information.

Both experts dismissed the criticisms of their report. Sørheim told the court their report was “translated” to meet the concept of sanity within Norwegian law.

She described the strange utterances Breivik made during meetings, also reading from his manifesto. The quotes read to the court have appeared in the press before.

Knights Templar was once again addressed, Husby and Sørheim said that Breivik repeatedly told them that he was a commander in the Knight’s Templar and the Norwegian resistant movement.

Sørheim also read from the first report where Breivik had said that he had wasted ammunition on Utøya as each victom had needed an extra head shot to ensure they were dead.

The experts then talked about Breivik’s mother and his childhood, and how Breivik was referred to a child psychiatrist when he was four years old.

When discussing Breivik’s compendium, Husby described it as being infantile and banal.

The experts talked about some of the contents of the compendium, including where Breivik discusses the command structure of a future society in which he saw himself holding a high position in society.

Husby told the court that Breivik’s mother had found it difficult as she had experienced inaccuracies about their family life in the press.

Breivik’s mother described her son’s behaviour, telling the court that he was always busy in front of a computer, and that she found the intensity of his writing strange.

She said that he began acting strangely in 2010 when he did not want her coming into his room, sneezing, and that he spoke about having plastic surgery. Breivik became increasingly concerned about becoming infected by people in general, too.

His mother also referred to his uniform and weapons, and that Breivik got annoyed when questioned about the equipment.

Husby and Sørheim described the conversations they had with Breivik and the way he acted and spoke throughout their meetings.

In one of the conversations, Breivik expressed regret over not doing military service, as he would have become experienced in warfare.

The experts told the court that Breivik alleged that anyone who read his manifesto would become radicalised.

Sørheim claimed that Breivik was unable to describe or recognise his own emotions.

Breivik called his compendium a gift to other militant nationalists and wanted to liberate Europe.

Husby and Sørheim stood by their conclusions in the first report that found Breivik is insane.

They explained their reasons for finding him insane by going through the different symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia and how they relate to Breivik.


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Published on Wednesday, 13th June, 2012 at 21:20 under the news category, by Ben McPherson and Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 15th June 2012 at 06:36.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, breiviktrialoslo, oslodistrictcourt, utoeyashootings, utoya.


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