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Breivik trial Day 38: Breivik claims he expressed no violence before committing his attacks. UPDATED: Psychiatric experts Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim were once again in front of the court in order to answer questions following the testimonies they gave, Friday. Judge Wenche Arntzen began questioning Torgeir Husby about Breivik during different times of his life. Husby described Breivik’s functional impairments and their symptoms. The judge then questioned why the prison staff at Ila did not see evidence of Breivik’s psychosis.

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Breivik trial Day 38: Breivik claims he expressed no violence before committing his attacks

Published on Friday, 15th June, 2012 at 06:47 under the news category, by Geetika Nautiyal and Ben McPherson and Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 17th June 2012 at 13:04.

UPDATED: Psychiatric experts Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim were once again in front of the court in order to answer questions following the testimonies they gave, Friday.

Svein Holden, Torgeir Husby, Synne Sørheim
Svein Holden, Torgeir Husby, Synne Sørheim
Photo: ©2012 Ben McPherson/The Foreigner


Judge Wenche Arntzen began questioning Torgeir Husby about Breivik during different times of his life.

Husby described Breivik’s functional impairments and their symptoms. The judge then questioned why the prison staff at Ila did not see evidence of Breivik’s psychosis.

The medical expert then explained that it can become difficult to diagnose a condition if someone is suffering from delusions but does not have any cognitive impairment.

He also said that they way Breivik speaks now is different to how he spoke during the meetings held with him.

Husby explained to the court the process of observing Breivik in prison and how both he and Synne Sørheim would decide in advance what they would discuss with Breivik, but that Breivik would often change the topic.

The experts explained that they observed Breivik together as they did not want to observe him from behind glass. It was also decided that being together would be safer.

During testimony, they were also questioned on whether working so many cases together makes their assessments less independent.

Sørheim and Husby also explained to the court why the results of Breivik’s GAF test, a test used to diagnose schizophrenia, returned a low score of 23.

They said that the score was partly based on the belief that Breivik was in danger of harming others as well as himself.

Sørheim explained that Breivik’s main delusion is he believes he that he will save society.

When discussing the Knight’s Templar the experts said they increasingly believed the organisation did not exist.

Geir Lippestad then took over the questioning of the witnesses, asking questions relating to Breivik’s belief that Muslims are taking over.

The subject of Breivik’s role in a new society was also discussed, the defence counsel asking why they never considered Breivik’s claim to be a foot soldier, which would contradict his apparent belief that he would become a ruler.

When questioned about how Breivik’s views on immigration are psychotic, Sørheim told the court that the psychosis developed around the ideas.

Lippestad also questioned how the experts see Breivik living with his mother as a functional impairment.

More was discussed about Breivik’s relationship with his mother while he was living with her. A ban on court reporting means no information about Breivik’s mother can be reported in this article.

Husby said he believes that Breivik is driven by violence and that the political beliefs came later, adding that this is just speculation.

Commenting on the evidence given, Breivik said that he made a mistake giving so much information to Husby and Sørheim, as he gave them a lot to abuse.

Breivik told the court that he was social, speaking with people at the gym and at the shooting club he was part of.

He also claimed he expressed no violence before committing his attacks in July.

According to the latest Oslo District Court schedule, the second two psychiatric experts, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrisen, were due to begin their testimony on Friday. They are still listed as witnesses for tomorrow.


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Published on Friday, 15th June, 2012 at 06:47 under the news category, by Geetika Nautiyal and Ben McPherson and Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 17th June 2012 at 13:04.

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





  
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