The second psychiatric evaluation of Anders Behring Breivik
contradicted an earlier conclusion of paranoid schizophrenia, making
prison time possible for killing 77 people last summer.
A psychiatric report has declared Norwegian mass murderer Anders
Behring Breivik sane, making it more likely that the man who has
confessed to twin terror attacks last summer in Norway's worst
peacetime atrocity may serve prison time.
The 310-page report counters the first forensic report from
November that controversially deemed Mr. Breivik paranoid
schizophrenic, and therefore criminally not punishable for a car
bomb in front of Oslo government buildings and a shooting rampage at
a Labor party youth summer camp at the nearby island of Utoya. The
two attacks killed 77 people altogether.
Psychiatrists Agnar Aspaas and Terje Torrisen concluded in the
second report that Breivik was "not psychotic, unaware or severely
handicapped at the time of the acts," nor was he psychotic during
examinations. However, there was a "high risk of repetition of
"The defendant does not have a serious mental illness involving
significantly weakened capacity for realistic evaluation of his
relations with the outside world," the Oslo District Court said in a
press statement summarizing the confidential report.
The report changes the whole momentum of the trial. The judges,
who have the final say in determining Breivik's sanity, now have the
option of questioning the first report and concluding that he is
sane. They will base their decision on both reports, as well as the
evidence during the 10-week trial, set to start next week.
It also presents the possibility that prosecutors will seek a 21-
year prison sentence for terror and murder acts for Breivik, instead
of the current plan to seek having him committed to a mental
institution. Although both the prosecutor and defense will be
arguing for Breivik to be tried as sane, Breivik has not accepted
criminal responsibility for the attacks.
"It is clear that this is an important premise for the case,"
said Svein Holden, Oslo public prosecutor, after receiving the thick
copies of the second psychiatric report earlier today.
Experts suspected that the new set of psychiatrists would come to
a different conclusion than the first set, given that they observed
him night-and-day for three weeks in jail. The initial conclusion,
which deemed Breivik paranoid schizophrenic, was quite
controversial. Many pundits questioned how someone who had
meticulously planned an attack over so many years could have been
The defense plans to argue Breivik is sane. …