Homeland Security

Norwegian Gunman Breivik Claims to Be Sane

RIA Novosti

16:57 04/04/2012 MURMANSK, April 4 (RIA Novosti) - Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik, charged with killing over 70 people in twin attacks in Oslo and a nearby summer youth camp last year, has written an open letter to Norwegian media claiming that he is mentally sound, Verdens Gang reported on its website on Wednesday.

“Finding me insane is the worst thing to happen. It’s extreme humiliation to me,” the publication cited an excerpt of his 38-page letter.

Breivik added that he plans to push for a new examination to find him sane to be tried for the terrorist attacks.

He said the first report by psychiatrists contains 200 erroneous statements.

Breivik, 33, is currently on trial for killing 77 people in a dual attack in Norway last July. The majority were participants of an island-based youth camp that he gunned down while dressed in a police uniform, while eight others were killed in a car bomb blast in downtown Oslo staged as a diversion.

The conclusions of another psychiatric examination are to be made public on April 10.

The charges carry a penalty of up to 21 years in prison, the maximum possible punishment in Norway, although Breivik’s prison term can be extended for as long as he is considered a danger to society. Should he be found criminally insane, he would face confinement in a psychiatric ward instead of imprisonment.

Breivik admitted to the killings, but did not plead guilty, saying his actions were a justified protest against globalization and the advance of Islam in Europe. The gunman claimed he was on a crusade against multi-culturalism and the "Muslim invasion" of Europe when he carried out the attacks.

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