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Anders Breivik, smiling while the judge read out the verdict

Norway's mass killer Breivik gets 21 years

RobK(Photo: NRK screenshot)

Anders Breivik, who never denied having killed 77 people in Norway on 22 July 2011, has been sentenced to 21 years in jail. A court in Oslo ruled on Friday that 33-year-old Breivik could be held responsible for his acts and declared him guilty. The imprisonment can be extended after 21 years if he is still considered a danger to society.

During the trial Breivik never expressed any regret and even said he would repeat the attacks in a similar situation. His motive was a hatred of Islam and anger at the ruling Social Democrat party. Among those killed were 69 members of the party's youth movement who were at a camp on Utøya island. Breivik said he considered them traitors who would work towards a multicultural society and the integration of Muslims.

One of two psychiatric assessments of Breivik had judged that he was a paranoid schizophrenic, but the five-judge Oslo tribunal was not convinced. They stuck to the findings of the other mental health check, which concluded that Breivik was of sound mind when he committed the mass murder which shocked Norway deeply. When the judge read out the verdict, Breivik listened to it with a smile on his face.

Breivik tried his utmost to be treated as a mentally healthy person, because it would lend legitimacy to his ideas, described by many as racist and xenophobic.

He will not appeal against the court's verdict.

A Danish survivor of the Utøya assault, 18-year-old Patrick Piscot, said that the end of the trial meant that he could finally put the traumatic episode behind him. Piscot escaped from the island in a boat with ten others, while Breivik was spraying them with bullets. "This judgement is the final chapter. It's over, and now we can forget him," Piscot told daily Jyllands-Posten. - (IEDE)

 

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