Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Norway attacks: What happens if Breivik is deemed insane?

Oslo

Two Norwegian forensic psychiatrists are scheduled this week to start evaluating admitted Osloattacker Anders Behring Breivik to determine if he is in fact insane.

A confirmation of insanity by the experts Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim could send the case against Mr. Breivik in an entirely new direction. They have until Nov. 1 to complete their evaluation. If they deem him insane, and the judge concurs – he does not have to – Breivik would be sent to a medical institution. He would remain there until he is considered to no longer pose a threat to society.

Breivik's defense attorney has suggested his client is insane. But legal experts who have examined the case doubt that Breivik, a Norwegian from a middle-class Oslo neighborhood who shocked his nation by bombing government buildings and carrying out a shooting spree that killed 77 people on July 22, will be deemed mentally unsound.

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