On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik disguised himself as a police officer, planted a car bomb that exploded close to government offices in the capital Oslo, killed eight people, then still in uniform, he drove to the island of Utoeya, where a summer youth camp of Norway's governing Labour Party was being held and in a shooting spree that lasted more than an hour, he killed 69 people - mostly teenagers. Now two Psychiatrists who interviewed Breivik 13 times, have concluded that Breivik is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. (BBC)
The deputy leader of the opposition Progress Party, Per Sandberg, thought the conclusion that Breivik was criminally insane was "completely incomprehensible" and said, "How can someone who has planned this for such a long time... be considered insane?". (BBC) Good question.
Their report must still be reviewed by a panel of forensic psychiatrists.
Breivik will still be tried in April but it seems likely he will be placed in psychiatric care rather than prison.
The two psychiatrists who interviewed him on 13 occasions concluded that he lived in his "own delusional universe where all his thoughts and acts are guided by his delusions", prosecutors told reporters. (BBC)
Read the entire article, but it appears that the trial will go forward as usual in April 2013 with both the defense and the prosecution bring forth witnesses, including the shrinks, asking questions, and allowing Breivik a time to speak for himself. The verdict seems to be a foregone conclusion -- no prison, just psychiatric care for life. But what if his doctors declare him cured at some point?
To refresh you memory on Breivik: