Oslo District Court has asked the Forensic Commission, Prosecution, and Defence to give their conclusions on Anders Behring Breivik’s psychiatric evaluation.
The Commission delivered its assessment, Thursday. It appeared to be unanimous about psychiatrists Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim’s diagnoses the perpetrator is criminally insane and suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.
“We received a letter from the Forensic Commission stating it has no significant remarks about the experts’ decision,” said state prosecutors Svein Holden and Inga Bejer Engh in a press statement.
Nevertheless, several commission members privately expressed doubts regarding the assessment, reports NRK.
Questions were raised about the court-appointed psychiatrists’ conclusions. Some thought Breivik did not suffer from psychiatric malfunction, and his ideological convictions needed further investigation. It is also believed Breivik’s illness is worse than documented.
Ever-louder calls for a reassessment by new psychiatrists have now been noted by the court, which has sent a letter to the Prosecution and Defence asking whether this is the case.
“Prosecutors will now consider whether initiating further investigations to assess the Accused’ sanity is required,” Svein Holden and Ina Bejer Engh stated.
Defence Councel Mette Yvonne Larsen has already filed for the move. Regarding the Commission’s “unclear” statement, she told NRK she believed, “it poses more questions than it answers. The Commission implies there are objections when it chooses to formulate itself in this way.”
The Prosecution expects to conclude on the matter at the latest by 09 January. Meanwhile, Anders Behring Breivik’s Defence Counsels will visit him in Ila Prison tomorrow. They expect to be able to make their statement sometime tomorrow following discussions with him.
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