UPDATED: In an unprecedented move, Thursday, prosecutors in the Anders Behring Breivik case asked for two possible legal conclusions.
Svein Holden announced the prosecution’s primary conclusion is Breivik is criminally insane and should be sent for compulsory psychiatric treatment.
Should the judgment be the same late-July or in August, one of two possible times for a final verdict, then the accused will be transferred to a medical facility, possibly specially-built at Ila high-security prison, where he is currently being held.
At the same time, the prosecution also asked that Breivik be sentenced to 21 years in jail, in keeping with the original indictment, if Oslo District Court decides he is guilty. This is the maximum penalty under Norwegian law.
Today’s move comes following a marathon ten-week trial that has been followed with immense international interest.
Breivik’s ‘lone wolf’ killing of 77 people in the twin bombing and shooting attacks at the government headquarters and on Utøya, respectively, is unprecedented in Norwegian legal history.
This is the biggest single loss of life Norway has experienced since WWII.
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