Anders Breivik, Norway's mass murderer, deemed 'insane'

Flickr photo by lwpkommunikacio

'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. 

More in Commentary

Why we need affordable housing, not bachelor pads and empty homes

At a pace that defies reason and defies the local economy, the dream of affordable home ownership and affordable rental housing is slipping away from too many of us. The problems we face are...
Alberta election, Bill C-51, Canadian politics, Conservative Party of Canada

Prentice's loss signals a tough time for Conservatives in Alberta

From the top down, Alberta's provincial election was tough for Conservatives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Calgary southwest federal riding is now represented provincially by three NDP MLAs, and...
cooling system, herring, Woodfibre LNG

Squamish LNG plant will endanger "foundational" herring stocks if approved

Is this the good news story we’re all craving at a time when climate-change-oil-and-gas dread dominates the airwaves? It could be. But the story isn’t over yet.
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.