Norway killer found “insane” may escape jail

Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was insane when he killed 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage in Norway, and should be sent to a psychiatric ward instead of a prison, prosecutors said on Tuesday. A psychiatrist evaluation ordered by an Oslo court found that the self-styled anti Muslim resistance fighter was psychotic during the attacks, which means he’s not mentally fit to be sentenced to prison, prosecutors said.

The report, written by two psychiatrists who spent a total of 36 hours talking to Breivik, will be reviewed by a panel of forensic psychiatrists before the court makes a ruling on whether Breivik is legally insane. Their conclusions contrasted with earlier comments by the head of that board, who had said it was unlikely that he would be declared legally insane because the attacks were so carefully planned and executed. The conclusions of the forensic experts is that Anders Behring Breivik was insane,” prosecutor Svein Holden said, adding Breivik was in a state of psychosis during the attacks.

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