Monday 22 January 2018

Breivik showing 'a total lack of remorse' for attacks

Richard Orange in Malmo, Sweden

Psychiatric reports on Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian far-right extremist who killed 77 people last July, reveal new details about his comfortable life in prison and his total lack of remorse.

Dr Randi Rosenqvist linked Mr Breivik's "deviant statements" to his total absorption in a cult-like, anti-Islamic movement based largely in the UK.

"I interpret his deviant statements as an expression of an extreme ideology, not as a psychotic view of reality," she wrote.

"He has built a lot of his ideology on the British, or rather English, movement, and has not sought contact with Norwegians of the same ideology."

Torry Pedersen, editor of the 'Verdens Gang' newspaper, decided to publish the report despite a warning from police last week that press leaks were harming the investigation.

The main details of the official findings of Synne Serheim and Torgeir Husby, court-appointed forensic psychiatrists, which ruled that Mr Breivik was insane, were widely reported last month.

But the three reports from Dr Rosenqvist said he was not psychotic. Her findings led the Olso court to order a further assessment on Friday.

She said that she believed Mr Breivik would only become difficult for prison authorities to manage if his world view began to crumble.

According to Dr Rosenqvist, the mass killer compared his life in prison to a "kindergarten", where "he can ring on a bell to get snus (smokeless tobacco) or cigarettes". He spends his time weight-training, reading books on the history of different countries, playing a computer game and watching DVDs.

Dr Rosenqvist noted Mr Breivik's "humorous" reaction to learning that he had been classed as schizophrenic.

"I asked what he thought about the investigators' conclusions. He took these almost in a humorous way and said he didn't recognise himself," she said.

Mr Breivik told Dr Rosenqvist that he had no regrets about setting off a bomb that killed eight people in Oslo, and then opening fire at a summer camp, killing 69. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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