Oslo: Norway’s mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who has been indicted on terror and murder charges for slaying 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage, has been declared sane and fit enough to face trial and a jail term.
Reports, Tuesday, claimed that he was declared sane following a second psychiatric evaluation of his mental state.
Breivik’s second evaluation was ordered by a court in January following widespread criticism of last year's assessment that diagnosed him as a paranoid schizophrenic who could not be held criminally responsible for his actions.
Breivik is set to face trial on 16 April for mercilessly killing at least 77 people in July last year.
The clarity over his sanity will now decide whether he will be sent to a psychiatric ward or jail.
Prosecutors have earlier termed the 33-year-old right-wing extremist as psychotic and said that they would seek a sentence of involuntary commitment to psychiatric care instead of imprisonment unless new information about his mental health emerges ahead of his trial beginning this month.
Breivik has also confessed to the July 22 attacks but denies criminal guilt, portraying the victims as “traitors” for embracing immigration policies he claims will result in an Islamic colonization of Norway.
Eight people were killed when a bomb exploded in downtown Oslo and another 69 people died in a shooting spree on Utoya island outside the capital, where the youth wing of the governing Labor Party was holding its annual summer camp.
Investigators haven’t found any indications to support Breivik’s claims that he belongs to a secret anti-Muslim resistance movement plotting to overthrow European governments and replace them with “patriotic” regimes.
First Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 16:20