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Breivik Found Mentally Fit for Prison Sentence by Oslo Court

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Self confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, left, arrives in court room 250 at Oslo central court on August 24, 2012 to be sentenced for his twin attacks last year that left 77 people dead. Photographer: Odd Andersen/AFP/GettyImages

Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Anders Behring Breivik, the self-confessed killer of 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last year, was judged to be mentally fit for prison by the Oslo court hearing his case, Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen said.

Breivik, who asked to be found sane in order to further his arguments against multiculturalism, has admitted to the killings while arguing he’s not guilty of any crime.

The judges were presented with two psychiatric reports, one which found Breivik unfit for sentencing and the other which deemed him to be sane. He’s said he will appeal an insanity verdict, which the prosecution is seeking.

The longest prison sentence in Norway, where there is no death penalty, is 21 years. That can be extended by five years at a time if an inmate is still judged a danger to society. Consignment to a psychiatric ward would have no time limit.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mikael Holter in Oslo at mholter2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alastair Reed at areed12@bloomberg.net

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