Oslo Court Orders New Psychiatric Evaluation of Killer Breivik

A Norwegian judge ordered a new psychiatric evaluation of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik after criticism of a November report that found him insane and unfit for prison.

The importance of the case requires a thorough evaluation, Oslo District Court Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen said today at hearing. She cited among other things that prison officials have not seen signs of mental illness as well as widespread criticism of the initial evaluation.

Breivik on July 22 killed 77 people in a car-bomb attack on Oslo government ministries and a shooting spree at a Labor Party Youth camp. An evaluation released in November concluded that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, meaning the 32-year-old would face compulsory psychiatric treatment, potentially for life. He faces a trial in April to establish guilt.

Breivik has admitted to the July bombing and killings at the Utoeya island. He has said that he sought to inflict the “greatest possible loss” to the ruling Labor Party and railed in a manifesto posted on the Internet against “cultural Marxism” and “Islamization.”

The November evaluation was also approved by Norway’s Board of Forensic Medicine in December.

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