One of Norway’s top psychiatric professors has withdrawn his earlier conclusion Anders Behring Breivik is psychotic.
Informing weekly publication Dag og Tid actually seeing Breivik for two days in Oslo District Court was “useful”, Einar Kringlen continued, “it gives a completely different picture to reading the minutes in the paper and the impression I got of the man from the first [psychiatric] report.”
The professor, who has never changed his opinion about criminal sanity to such a degree, according to NRK, was in no doubt Synne Sørheim and Torgeir Husby were correct that Breivik was psychotic.
Now, he observes the accused can answer questions logically, flexibly, and in a relaxed fashion. The expert supports Terje Tørrisen’s and Agnar Aspaas’ conclusions.
“He [Breivik] is not submissive, either, but protests with some annoyance if he thinks the judge’s questions are unreasonable, Einar Kringlen told the broadcaster.
“My professional experience suggests he is unlikely to have been able to act in such an adequate fashion if he is psychotic, in particular schizophrenic,” he declared, saying it is extremely unlikely Breivik has managed to mislead him in his battle to appear as sane.
The professor concluded, “perhaps one can say he has a paranoid personality, is suspicious, but that’s where it ends.”
Today’s 10th day of the trial will see continued focus on the Oslo bombing, it’s victims and the aggrieved.