Anders Breivik, Norway's mass murderer, deemed 'insane'
'Anders Breivik Deemed Insane in Norway Massacre Case', is the headline from Time.com that caught my attention this morning.
I am surprised and shocked by its significance and consequences for the country. "The conclusion is that he is insane," prosecutor Svein Holden announced in a news conference in Oslo today.
People in the country are still in shock about his cruel actions and with the case opening coming up in April 2012 the fear and anger is not going to get better soon, especially after the announcement earlier today.
The Norwegian law saves indicted people from imprisonment if they are declared of an unsound mind. If the court maintains the psychiatrists’ evaluation, Breivik is going to be sentenced to a stay in a psychiatric institution until he is confirmed to be cured.
I think I am not the only one truly shocked by this announcement. The first thought on my mind was, maybe one day he is going to be released. Norway's worst enemy free again. A thought not justifiable nor imaginable.
Breivik, who is guilty of murdering 77 people, 69 children and adolescents among the victims, told the police and the court that he believes himself to be the greatest knight since World War II, brought to this world to save his beloved country from Islam and other threats like immigrants. As he announced in court that the people will eventually thank him for his actions and in particular for killing the 69 innocent victims, the judge had to step in, in order to get him to stop talking.
Anders Breivik was diagnosed 0.5 on a Autism scale from 1 to 10, which means total numbness and emotionlessness, said psychiatrist Svenn Torgesen. He added that Breivik is 'unique' in legal psychiatry and also suffering from paranoid schizophrenia when he perpetrated his attacks.
In any case, Norway's people and especially relatives of the victims are not going to be released from their trauma until the court case is finished next year. We are all waiting for its results.
The 22nd of July was a day of pain, pure violence and humiliation for Norway and its people. A day nobody is ever going to forget.