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article imageProsecutor: Breivik should be put in psychiatric care, not prison

By Paul Iddon     Jun 21, 2012 in Politics
Oslo - Norwegian Prosecutor Svein Holden said a verdict needs to be reached to finally decide whether or not Anders Behring Breivik is clinically sane.
As reported by AFP, BBC News and Al Jazeera the prosecution in Breivik's trial in Norway have stated the mass murderer should be put in a psychiatric ward instead of a prison. This decision has been taken since it is not yet known for sure whether or not he is sane.
If he is deemed to be insane by the district court judges he will face at least 21 years in prison for his crimes. Upon hearing the possibility of psychiatric confinement Breivik rose up making a characteristically fascist arm salute. Breivik has consistently insisted that he was sane as he wants to ensure his manifesto isn't dismissed as the ravings of a clinically insane madman.
He has also consistently stated that the horrific crimes he executed were indeed "cruel but necessary" and continues to claim that he was defending Norway from the threats he perceives to be leveled against it by Muslim immigration and "multicultural Marxists."
To date psychiatric analysis's of Breivik's mental condition have directly contradicted each other. Mr. Holden believes there is the possibility that Mr. Breivik may be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. He cited Breivik's claim to be part of the Knights Templar an organization that hasn't existed for centuries to back up that point.
Breivik has called psychiatric incarceration 'a fate worse than death' and has said he will fight tooth and nail with his defence team to avoid it.
Breivik is expected to be acquitted on Friday. He has confessed to the carrying out of the murderous attacks in Oslo and on the island camp of Labour Party youths but has pleaded not guilty.
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