Norwegian Prosecution Calls For Breivik To Be Declared Insane
Prosecution in Norway on Thursday demanded in their closing argument at the trail that Anders Behring Breivik be considered insane, prompting prosecutor Svein Holden to say that Breivik should be placed in psychiatric care, not in prison, though the reports about his health condition are conflicting.
The sentence for the case which shocked the entire world, as Breivik single-handedly killed 77 people and injured 242 on July 22, 2011, is to be delivered in July or August. If found guilty and sane, he could spend 21 years behind bars with the possibility that the warden of the penitentiary prolong his staying, if they found that he was not completely recuperated.
If found insane, Breivik could be committed to a medical institution for assistance. Breivik went to great lenghts to demonstrate that he was sane, arguing that his action would perish, if he were to be considered demented.
Breivik acknowledged his action, namely the killing of 77 people most of them young, committed on the Utoya Island, and downtown Oslo, but refused to consider himself guilty, arguing that he was in legitimate defense, as his cultural identity was being under attack from the Muslim community.
Breivik claimed that he was the leader of a far-right group called Knight Templar with the aim of fighting Islamization, a process which is, in his opinion, in progress all over Europe.
Breivik admitted to have staged his attacks at the Utoya Island, where the Socialist party youth was having its summer school, as a means to draw attention of the people that the Socialist party was opening the gates of Norway to the Muslim immigrants, in his own words.11