Oslo: Norwegian prosecutors have
appointed two psychiatrists to assess the mental health of
Anders Behring Breivik, the gunman who has admitted carrying
out the July 22 attacks, police said on Friday.
The experts will determine if he is criminally
responsible and deliver their report "by November 1,"
prosecutor Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby told reporters after the
32-year-old gunman was questioned by investigators for a
Behring Breivik has acknowledged responsibility for
the bombing and shooting spree that killed 76 people, but did
not accept criminal responsibility, and did not plead guilty
during a first court hearing this week.
Asked if Behring Breivik was legally insane, Hjort
Kraby replied: "We will have to let the professionals decide,"
adding, "they face a lot of work and when they are finished we
will know much more."
He insisted it was "way too soon" to make an
assessment crucial in determining whether Behring Breivik can
be brought to trial next year, as prosecutors want.
Hjort Kraby meanwhile said today's interrogation at
police headquarters was focused on reviewing the detailed
transcript of his previous interview last Saturday.
"He has to go through it and say if he agrees and
there will be no confrontation," Hjort Kraby said.
"We will go through his last interview, which was
very long it was more than 50 pages so probably no new
questions -- that will be for the next interview," which he
said would be held "sometime next week."
First Published: Friday, July 29, 2011, 22:40