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Breivik Trial Day 35: Accused relieved at sanity findings, expert claims top meeting bugged. FINAL: Witnesses on Tuesday’s day of the trial included Randi Rosenqvist and Tarjei Rygnestad. Forensic Psychiatrist Randi Rosenqvist was the first to testify. The judge lifted her oath of confidentiality but disallowed broadcasting her testimony.. Rosenqvist told the court that she believes that Breivik’s actions were too complicated to have been a psychotic act. She said that the attacks were a form of aggression.

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Breivik Trial Day 35: Accused relieved at sanity findings, expert claims top meeting bugged

Published on Monday, 11th June, 2012 at 23:39 under the news category, by Geetika Nautiyal and Ben McPherson and Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 13th June 2012 at 09:26.

FINAL: Witnesses on Tuesday’s day of the trial included Randi Rosenqvist and Tarjei Rygnestad.

Anders Behring Breivik (artist's illus.)
Anders Behring Breivik (artist's illus.)
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Forensic Psychiatrist Randi Rosenqvist was the first to testify. The judge lifted her oath of confidentiality but disallowed broadcasting her testimony..

Rosenqvist told the court that she believes that Breivik’s actions were too complicated to have been a psychotic act. She said that the attacks were a form of aggression.

When describing the difference between Breivik and the others at Ila prison she stated, “because of his long-term planning I consider that he has better impulse control than most other inmates.”

Rosenqvist said that Breivik showed no signs of psychotic behaviour during an assessment in August but does have a distinctively narcissistic personality with grandiose ideas.

She added that Breivik was visited daily in Ila and he showed no signs of being suicidal.

The witness described how Breivik did not see himself as racist or a national socialist, but that he possibly saw himself as more of a militant foot soldier.

Rosenqvist also described the conversations she held with Breivik about the morality of killing so many people in his attacks. He believed that he was not immoral when compared to the risks faced by Europe.

Rosenqvist told the court that Breivik saw the first psychiatric report as a character assassination.

Defence counsel Geir Lippestad asked the witness to explain how two psychiatric reports could reach two different conclusions.

Rosenqvist replied that as the reports were based on observations taken months apart, Breivik might have appeared differently during each period.

She said that she finds it bizarre that someone from the west of Oslo could commit an act of terror.

She believes Breivik has de-emotionalised himself and did not seek sympathy or understanding during their meetings.

Breivik expressed relief over the witnesses belief that he is not insane once Rosenqvist’s testimony finished.

The second witness of the day was Svenn Torgersen, a professor at the University of Oslo's Institute of Psychiatry.

He told the court that he was critical of the first report and that he has seen cases where people have been misdiagnosed, saying that Breivik is unlikely to be suffering from psychosis.

Torgersen stated he is critical of the heavy use of Breivik’s childhood in the case, seeing it as a weakness of the first report.

Tarjei Rygnestad, head of the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine, was next to give testimony. He discussed why the board accepted the first report but was critical of the second.

Rygnestad explained that the Board of Forensic Medicine does not “approve” the reports that they receive.

Rygnestad believes that the meeting about the report was wiretapped as quotes from the meeting appeared in the press.

He also claimed that journalists rang him up after receiving information that there were disagreements about the report, Rygnestad denied that there were disagreements.

Tuesday’s court proceedings also included a testimony from Alpha Kallon which was done via a video link to the USA.

Kallon testified about Breivik’s trip to Liberia in 2002 where he had planned to buy blood diamonds to fund acts of terrorism.

Kallon recalls his first meeting with him, which was when he had gone to collect Breivik from the airport. He says that Breivik spoke nicely.

He says that he met Breivik through a Michael Foude, a friend who said that Breivik was there for diamonds.

Kallon told the court that he can not clearly remember how many places they visited to look at diamonds.

He said that he never saw Breivik on his own and would have known if he had made contact with anyone else, as the town they were in, Monrovia, was quite small.

Kallon added that they had no agreement to meet again. He told the court that after Breivik returned to Norway he sent money to cover debts and buy diamonds but he did not send enough to purchase any.

The witness said that the phone calls Breivik had made to him were about business and returning to Liberia.

He told the court that when visiting shops looking at diamonds in Monrovia they only spent 20-30 minutes in each location. He cannot remember whether they visited anywhere outside the town to look at diamonds.


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Published on Monday, 11th June, 2012 at 23:39 under the news category, by Geetika Nautiyal and Ben McPherson and Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 13th June 2012 at 09:26.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, breiviktrialoslo, oslodistrictcourt, utoeyashootings, utoya.





  
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