Police: Norway mass murder suspect insane, cannot be sentenced to prison
November 29th, 2011
07:23 AM ET

Police: Norway mass murder suspect insane, cannot be sentenced to prison

[Posted at 7:23 a.m. ET] Norway mass murder suspect Anders Behring Breivik cannot be sentenced to prison or preventive detention because he is insane, but can be confined to a mental hospital for the rest of his life, police said Tuesday.

He suffers "grandiose delusions" and "believes he is chosen to decide who is to live and who is to die," police announced, saying psychiatrists had found Breivik paranoid and schizophrenic.

Experts based their decision on 36 hours of interviews with Breivik, police said.

He will still be tried to determine whether he committed the murders, police said.

[Posted at 7:15 a.m. ET] Anders Behring Breivik, the man accused of killing 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in Norway in July, is insane, police said Tuesday.

He was psychotic at the time of the attacks and during 13 interviews experts conducted with him, they said.

Experts based their decision on 36 hours of interviews with Breivik, police said.

He is accused of killing dozens of people in a bomb attack in Oslo followed by a shooting rampage on nearby Utoya island.

Most of the victims were at a political summer camp held by the youth wing of the governing Labour Party at the time of the July 22 shooting attack.  Most survivors made it out alive by hiding among rocks or diving into the chilly waters around the island. The victims were aged from 14 to 61, with an average age of 21, the government said.

Eight people were killed in a bombing in Oslo; 69 young people were killed on Utoya island, in the deadliest attack in Norway since World War II.
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  1. s kel

    I would love to kill this so called insane man. Than ill claim insanity.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. V

      And alleviate his punishment? Abbreviate it? Make him a martyr in the eyes of his fellow nut jobs?
      No. It is best to lock him up in a mental ward, and let him be treated so he can hopefully understand what a terrible thing he did. Let him lead a looooong life behind bars. A quick death would serve no purpose. It would undermine the justice system we have built in Norway. It could serve Breivik's purpose by making him a martyr. It would serve his purpose in a step away from freedom and towards authoritarian, blood-thirsty and vengeful society. Breivik will now be locked away for what will probably be the rest of his natural life.

      November 30, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joe Rioux

    This guy is a strong, strong argument for the death penalty. Mad dogs need to get put down.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mykky

      We in Norway do not believe in death penality. It is simply too fast and simple. An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind, and we don't want to become as our "enemy". We want him in prison and forget him as he after some time realises what he has done. Killing is a terrible thing and shouldn't be done by anybody. We are not animals driven by anger. I still believe killing is fine as long as it happnens in self defence by the one who gets attacked.

      November 30, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. V

      I disagree Joe. This man is a prime example of when it should not be used. By labeling him insane we have robbed him of some legitimacy in his own eyes. Killing him would go against the core foundation of our society and make us into more of what Breivik wanted. We Norwegians do not want the death penalty, not even for this. No, Breivik should be locked up for the remainder of his life. A short, quick end is far more than he deserves, and it is what most of us Norwegians would consider barbaric. I do not think we should give up our ideals in response to an attack as vile as Breivik's on those ideals.

      November 30, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mr. T

    This how u know justice system everywhere is broken. It was said this man could not have done the killing in more than one location all at once. And to rub peppers in injuries, his well founded project is walking free from punishment? U go norway.. Fairness is not whats rite; but whats well pair for! U kill, u pay good change and we just say ur insane, and everyone will get on with life. Its shameful! Smh

    November 29, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorid

      Mr. T, I understand the cultural differences here, but being one of the survivors from the massacre in Norway, I couldn't possibly be more happy with this report. This is the worst thing that could have happened to him, because it will kill his pride. Also, the chances are much higher now that he will never be released. Ever. And – since he has made it clear that he doesn't find spending time in prison difficult, why should that be his punishment? why not send him to a hospital where he'll be forced to do a treatment he most certainly do not think he needs?

      For arguments sake, I'm not, have never been and will never be, for the death penalty. That is the most inhuman law i know of.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mr. T

    Julian Assange needs to get to work and show us how this decision was made possible. But then again they'll hang him by the time he's done gathering all the details for a capital crime. Lol

    November 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr. T

    Death penalt or "capital punishment" is a barbaric practice. As it should have no place in any "civilized society", considering the tragic flaws that comes with it and its cost; i won't and im not asking for from moral stand point. This guy calculated his damage before he woke up that morning of the killings. But to say he's insane is a nonsense! He's well paid for life for his mission, and so is probably the court involve here. Its slap in the face for the poor when they have times to serve for an elementry fight or taking a donut for dinner without paying. What a life of ours!

    November 30, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kyle

    I can accept that this man is insane, and that it potentially mitigates some of his actions, but why do we coddle the insane? Its obvious he can never be rehabilitated, and his life will always be miserable, so why not execute him? Death, in this case, is the only humane thing to do. For his sake as much as anyone's.

    November 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
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