Doctor says Norway killer ‘still dangerous’

The psychiatrist appointed to the amnesty trial of Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Norway, says he is still as dangerous as he was 12 years ago.

‘The risk of future violent acts has not changed since 2012 and 2013, when I did my first assessments with him,’ psychiatrist Randi Rosenqvist said at the review hearing. pardoned Anders Behring Breivik in the city of Skien, Norway on January 19, stressing that the risk was “very high”.

Breivik caused the deadliest peacetime attack in Norway on July 22, 2011, when he detonated a car bomb that killed eight people outside the offices of then-prime minister Jens Stoltenberg in Oslo, then on to summer camp. had links to the left-wing Labor party in Ut√łya and shot dead 69 people, most of them teenagers.

He was sentenced to 21 years in prison by the court in August 2012. Having served 10 years in prison, Breivik is now eligible for parole under Norwegian law, but a judge can uphold or extend his sentence if it is determined he remains a danger to society.

Dr Rosenqvist has carried out several assessments of Breivik, now 42, over the past 10 years. According to the doctor, he still suffers from “asocial, hypocritical and narcissistic” personality disorder, a complete lack of empathy and “little ability to function” socially if released.

Breivik during the second day of the hearing in the city of Skien, Norway on January 19.  Photo: AFP.

Breivik during the second day of the hearing in the city of Skien, Norway on January 19. Photo: AFP.

The testimony of Rosenqvist, the only psychiatrist invited to the hearing, is seen as key to deciding whether Breivik will be pardoned. Most experts believe it is difficult for him to be pardoned at this stage.

Breivik sat calmly during the second day of the hearing, but shook his head several times and even laughed as Rosenqvist spoke.

Prison officials also told the court that Breivik could not be pardoned, citing his lack of remorse for his behavior and repeated attempts to spread extremist ideology.

“The prison believes there is a high risk that the prisoner will commit the same crime he was convicted of again if released during this period,” said Emily Krokann, Skien’s legal counsel.

Meanwhile, Breivik complained to the court about prison conditions, saying he was treated “like an animal”, despite having three cells at his disposal, access to TVs, DVD players, game consoles and video games. exercise machines.

The amnesty hearing upset the victim’s family and survivors, who feared he would use the hearings, which were broadcast live, to spread his word. Those fears became reality when Breivik gave a fascist salute and gave a long, rambling speech about white power and national socialism.

Breivik told the judge that if he was pardoned, he would continue to promote neo-Nazis in a non-violent way.

Huyen Le (Follow AFP)


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