Norwegian Terrorist Breivik not insane; his lawyer has told the court in his closing arguments
Posted by African Press International on June 22, 2012
By Chief Editor, API.
The trial case against Anders B. Breivik that lasted 10 months came to an end today in Oslo, Norway after the defence lawyers had their time in court where they presented their closing arguments.
According to the defence team consisting of 4 lawyers, Breivik is sane and wants him sent to jail if found guilty, arguing that the accused wants to be considered normal and ready to take responsibility for his actions.
On the other hand, the prosecution told the court that they believe the accused is insane, but added that they had their doubts, thus their conclusion on his state of mind was inconclusive. With such doubt in their minds, the prosecution team told the judges that the accused should not be sent to jail, but confined to a psychiatric institution for the rest of his life.
The prosecution also told the court that if the judges choose to sent him to jail instead of a psychiatric institution, then the accused should be given the maximum sentence of 21 years minus 380 days that he has been in custody.
The trial ended with the accused getting the last word as the law provides for in Norway.
The court will deliver judgement on the 24th of August. The court has confirmed that the reading of the judgement will be aired live. Over 100 journalists from all over the world are expected to be present. All those who lost their loved ones say they will attend.
If the ruling goes against the accused’s wishes ending up being declared insane by the court, he may decide to appeal. He has personally told the court that he is sane and will not mind being sent to a normal jail. He is against being declared insane by the judges, because that will sent him to a psychiatric life for a very long time. He fears this result, because he wants people to take him and his ideologies seriously.
His trial revolved on whether he is sane or insane. The video below is from his first appearance in his trial at the Oslo Law Courts, where he was expected to take a plea.