Anders Breivik declared sane, sentenced to at least 21 years in jail
End the Lie – Independent News
August 24, 2012
Anders Behring Breivik has been found to be of sound mind and judgment and found guilty by a Norwegian court today. He has been sentenced to at least 21 years in prison.
Breivik has previously stated that a ruling pronouncing him sane would validate his crime as a political act.
He has been sentenced to at least 21 years in prison by a unanimous decision of the five-judge panel. After the original sentence has been served the court will reconsider whether he is still a danger to society at regular intervals.
Twenty-one years is the maximum sentence available to Norwegian courts.
Breivik, who had personally wanted a guilty verdict, portrayed himself during the trial as an anti-Muslim militant, claiming “armed revolution” was the only stop Norway from being systematically Islamized. He looked pleased as Judge Wenche Elisabeth Arntzen declared him sufficiently sane to be held criminally responsible.
The court’s reading of the verdict included details of Breivik’s preparations for Norway’s worst mass killings since World War II.
The judges repeated the particulars of the crime as Breivik had described it to them during the trial, how the fertilizer bomb that Breivik detonated was made, and how police confirmed that the bomb had been manufactured exactly as Breivik had explained.
Breivik had trained extensively for his killing spree. He had taken backpacks filled with stones on hiking trips to practice his shooting skills, as well as played computer games such as World of Warcraft and Modern Warfare II for the same purpose.
He also claimed that he had practiced a Japanese meditation technique designed to “de-emotionalize” himself during the shooting.
Police had taken blood and hair samples from him after the arrest showing that he had also been under the influence of a CNS stimulant.
Breivik gave a clenched fist salute at several hearings. According to Breivik’s manifesto, the clenched fist salute is the salute of knights Templar, symbolizing “strength, honor and defiance”.
Breivik made a video in 2010 entitled “Templar Knights 2083”, which he claimed was a shortened version of the manifesto.
“One of the most widespread manifestations of the craziness of our world is multiculturalism,” Breivik wrote in his rambling 1,500 page manifesto.
Elsewhere, he mentioned the “ghettofication” process happening across Europe, where immigrants are allegedly failing to assimilate into their host nations’ cultures.
Teenage victims were “cultural Marxists” threatening Norwegian ethnic purity
Breivik pleaded guilty to killing 77 people in June 2011, first detonating a bomb in Oslo which left eight people dead, then on the same day killing 69 more – mostly teenagers – after going on a shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya Island.
Breivik claims he was protecting Norway against Islam and multiculturalism, which he accused the ruling Labour Party of promoting, and had promised to fight an “insanity” verdict that would deprive his act of political significance, calling psychiatric incarceration a “fate worse than death.”
“I think we all can agree that on July 22, a barbaric thing happened,” Breivik said while delivering a somewhat muddled closing statement in June.
“I carried out a small barbarism to stop a greater barbarism,” he said, referring to his view that Norway’s immigration policies had created a “demographic war” against non-Muslims, in which he felt obligated to defend himself.
Breivik’s lawyer Geir Lippestad had previously argued that to find Breivik insane would be a violation of his human rights, as it would deny him his role in carrying out “a political project.”
“If we look at the basic human rights and take into account that the defendant has a political project – to see his actions as an expression of illness is to take away a basic human right, the right to take responsibility for one’s own actions,” Lippestad insisted as the 10-week trial wrapped up in June.
The maximum 21-year sentence for Breivik could be extended if he is deemed a danger to society.
Breivik’s jail cell has been the subject of controversy. On the chance that Breivik was found not guilty by reason of insanity, Breivik would have been the sole patient of a psychiatric ward that cost 130,000 and 260,000 euro, built especially for him. According to Associated Press reports, 17 people would have been on staff to treat him.
As it is, Breivik currently occupies a three-room jail cell, equipped with a computer and treadmill, having access to a games room, television, newspapers and daily outdoor strolls. It is likely that he will now return to this cell.
Analysts had been conflicted on Breivik’s mental status. Initially, forensic psychiatrists Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim concluded that Breivik was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, in a report issued last December.
Following a massive wave of criticism from legal and psychiatric experts, the court decided to appoint two new psychiatrists, who in April found that Breivik was legally of sound mind.
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik arrives to hear the verdict in his trial at a courtroom in Oslo August 24, 2012. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)
Self confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik (R) has his handcuffs removed watched by defence lawyer Geir Lippestad (L) on arrival in court room 250 at the central court Oslo on August 24, 2012. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)