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Norwegian shooter disputes diagnosis of criminal insanity

AFP, OSLO

The confessed killer behind the July massacre in Norway disputes an expert conclusion that he is criminally insane, a newspaper reported on Saturday, quoting one of his lawyers.

“We have examined a good part of the report that details the conversations he had with the psychologists,” Odd Ivar Groen told the daily Verdens Gang.

Anders Behring Breivik, 32, “reacted by saying that it contained factual errors [and] lies and that his statements were taken out of context,” Groen was quoted as saying.

Prosecutors on Tuesday declared the right-wing extremist criminally insane when he killed 77 people on July 22 after two psychiatrists who examined him concluded that he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

The lawyer said he spent six hours discussing the 243-page report with Behring Breivik.

“He thinks they considered some of his statements bizarre that he didn’t think were bizarre. And he does not share their judgement that he is mentally ill,” Groen said. “He is concerned over the fact that these experts do not have enough knowledge of political ideologies.”

By removing Behring Breivik’s criminal responsibility, the diagnosis will probably see him sentenced to receive psychiatric care in a closed institution — possibly for the rest of his life — instead of prison. The report has still to be reviewed by a panel of experts to ensure that it conforms with professional standards.

Behring Breivik’s trial is set to open April 16.

In the attacks, Behring Breivik first set off a car bomb outside government buildings in Oslo, killing eight people, before going on a shooting rampage on the nearby island of Utoeya, where he gunned down another 69 people, most of them teenagers.

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