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Second team of psychiatrists finds Breivik sane

Last November, in the face of skepticism from some of us, psychiatrists declared that Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was therefore legally insane.

In January, other experts who monitored Breivik contradicted that report.

Now the BBC reports:

A second psychiatric evaluation of… Breivik has found him sane enough to face trial and a jail term.

The findings contradict a previous evaluation, published in November, that found him legally insane.

Breivik is due to stand trial on Monday over a bomb attack and shooting spree last July that killed 77 people.

Both reports will be considered by the court when it decides whether he should be sent to a psychiatric ward or jail.

The second evaluation was approved by a court in January following widespread criticism of last year’s assessment that concluded he was psychotic at the time of the attacks and diagnosed him as a paranoid schizophrenic – meaning he would most likely be detained in psychiatric care.

Many of his surviving victims believed he was sane, and that the only proper punishment would be a prison sentence.

(Hat tip: Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)