Breivik could be mentally fit for trial / News / The Foreigner

The Foreigner Breivik could be mentally fit for trial. Anders Behring Breivik will probably be declared legally sane, according to an expert. “It's not very likely that Behring Breivik was psychotic”, says the head of the Forensic Commission, Professor Tarjei Rygnestad to AP. “While other European countries always judge first and then consider the condemned prisoner’s suitability to serve time in retrospect, Norway, even in the new Penal Code, decided to drop the trials in which the defendant is considered legally insane. Instead, the accused is forcibly treated in a closed ward of a hospital. The result can be said to be the same, but we always challenge people's sense of justice when people who commit serious crimes are not convicted,” he tells Trønder-Avisa.

andersbehringbreivik, utoeyashootings, oslobombing, breiviktrial



The Foreigner Logo

The Foreigner is an online publication for English speakers living or who have an interest in Norway. Whether it’s a glimpse of news or entertainment you’re after, there’s no need to leave your linguistic armchair. You don’t need to cry over the demise of the English pages of Aftenposten.no, The Foreigner is here!

Norske nyheter på engelsk fra Norge. The Foreigner er en engelskspråklig internett avis for de som bor eller som er interessert i Norge.

Google+ Google+ Twitter Facebook RSS RSS



News Article

LATEST:

}

Breivik could be mentally fit for trial

Published on Monday, 1st August, 2011 at 17:09 under the news category, by Gareth Corfield.

Anders Behring Breivik will probably be declared legally sane, according to an expert.



“It's not very likely that Behring Breivik was psychotic”, says the head of the Forensic Commission, Professor Tarjei Rygnestad to AP.

“While other European countries always judge first and then consider the condemned prisoner’s suitability to serve time in retrospect, Norway, even in the new Penal Code, decided to drop the trials in which the defendant is considered legally insane. Instead, the accused is forcibly treated in a closed ward of a hospital. The result can be said to be the same, but we always challenge people's sense of justice when people who commit serious crimes are not convicted,” he tells Trønder-Avisa.

According to the professor, carrying out even simple tasks is too complicated for a psychotic person. Given the lengths Breivik went to in order to prepare his killing spree, and managed to drive from Oslo to Utøya by car, it is likely that he is not psychotic at all.

“Hearing voices in your head telling you to do things will disturb everything. Just driving a car is complicated in itself,” Professor Rygnestad tells AP.

Doubts remain over the killer’s sanity, however, with his own lawyer publicly declaring that Breivik’s only hope is to plead insanity.

“The way he prepared for, the precise planning, and how he had obtained the equipment he needed to implement the plans weigh against counting as a psychotic state,” says Rygnestad.

In his police interrogation on Friday Breivik made some strange demands that suggested he may not be entirely sane.



Published on Monday, 1st August, 2011 at 17:09 under the news category, by Gareth Corfield.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, utoeyashootings, oslobombing, breiviktrial.





  
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!