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article imageDoctor: Confessed Norway shooter competent to stand trial

By Eric Morales     Apr 10, 2012 in World
Findings by psychiatrists in Norway could lead prosecutors there to seek a prison sentence instead of housing Brevik in a psychiatric hospital
According to USA Today a psychiatric assessment has found that the alleged perpetrator of a massacre of 77 Norwegians in July of last year is competent to stand trial in six days. The findings could lead prosecutors to petition that Brevik be imprisoned instead of placed in a psychiatric hospital USA Today reported alongside the Associated Press.
The conclusion runs up against earlier findings that Anders Behring Brevik is paranoid schizoprenic. USA Today reported the court in Norway will consider both reports in a trial that is expected to take 10 weeks. Psychiatrists Terje Toerrissen and Agnar Aspaas made the new assessment after widespread criticism of the initial findings and the court in Norway asked for a new examination. Toerrissen spoke to the Associated Press and stated: "Our conclusion is that he is not psychotic at the time of the actions of terrorism and he is not psychotic now."
According to USA Today the two psychiatrists declined to give any further details as to why they came to a conclusion different from that of previous assessments, and their report is confidential. However Toerrissen and Aspaas booth stated they would lay out their reasoning in their testimony.
Anders Brevik confessed to setting a bomb which killed 8 in downtown Oslo and shooting 69 others at a youth camp outside the Norwegian capital. Brevik denies criminal guilt saying the attacks were necessary in what he calls a civil war against Islam according to USA Today.
When Brevik was initially indicted prosecutors said they would seek compulsory psychiatric treatment. Brevik himself wrote a letter to Norwegian media outlets saying that the initial assessment was based on lies and that his in fact sane.
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