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Authorities discount new Breivik report. Prosecutors say they will not be asking for another psychiatric evaluation of Anders Behring Breivik despite lawyers’ demands. The report containing psychiatrists’ conclusions has attracted a great deal of criticism following its partial release on 29th November last year. Some Forensic Commission members were also reportedly divided, even though they appeared unanimous when presenting their conclusions. Three firms representing the aggrieved families have since written to Oslo District Court asking for a new evaluation. Neither the mass murderer, nor his Defence Counsel alleges this is necessary, however. Geir Lippestad told Aftenposten, Monday, “The Defendant himself states he has never said 80 percent of the [report’s] contents, nor has 80 percent of the events taken place. On the other hand, he strongly agrees we should not request a new report.”

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Authorities discount new Breivik report

Published on Wednesday, 4th January, 2012 at 17:22 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Prosecutors say they will not be asking for another psychiatric evaluation of Anders Behring Breivik despite lawyers’ demands.

Police guard Oslo Breivik court session
Police guard Oslo Breivik court session
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The report containing psychiatrists’ conclusions has attracted a great deal of criticism following its partial release on 29th November last year. Some Forensic Commission members were also reportedly divided, even though they appeared unanimous when presenting their conclusions. Three firms representing the aggrieved families have since written to Oslo District Court asking for a new evaluation.

Neither the mass murderer, nor his Defence Counsel alleges this is necessary, however. Geir Lippestad told Aftenposten, Monday, “The Defendant himself states he has never said 80 percent of the [report’s] contents, nor has 80 percent of the events taken place. On the other hand, he strongly agrees we should not request a new report.”

“The accused does not want fresh experts appointed to carry out another forensic psychiatric assessment with a new statement, neither does he wish there to be a new limited examination and statement. His opinion is that it is more relevant for an assessment regarding accountability to be conducted by calling witnesses with knowledge of politically motivated terror, history, and Political Science to testify at the trial,” Mr Lippestad wrote in a letter to the Court yesterday.

He also mentioned Breivik has cooperated fully with police, and work carried out regarding the present thorough assessment is the most comprehensive than for any other trial in Norwegian history.

In today’s statement, prosecutors mention they find no grounds to move Breivik to a psychiatric institution for treatment for now, despite his diagnosis. They also do not see it necessary to appoint new experts.

They further argue that Oslo District Court has not required this in light of the Forensic Commission’s decision, and the court-appointed psychiatrists have had no doubts about their conclusions. 

Experts Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim deemed Anders Behring Breivik to be psychotic and suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. They have declared him criminally insane.

Should their conclusions be upheld, which has usually been the case in criminal trials, Breivik cannot be put in jail or sentenced to preventative detention. Instead, he will undergo enforced psychiatric treatment.

His trial is scheduled to begin on 16th April. One or several Forensic Commission members will be present, according to prosecutors, Wednesday.

The deadline to comment about whether to appoint new experts expires tomorrow. Several lawyers representing the aggrieved tell Aftenposten they will be appealing in favour of this.



Published on Wednesday, 4th January, 2012 at 17:22 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, breivikpsychiatricreport, breiviktrial.





  
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