Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

Video

Norway court to rule on Breivik's mental state

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 01:23

Aug. 22 - More than a year after his deadly rampage in Norway, a court will decide whether Anders Behring Breivik is mentally insane. Sarah Irwin reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

More than a year after his deadly rampage in Norway, a Norwegian court will announce its verdict in the trial of Anders Behring Breivik on Friday. The self-confessed murderer killed 77 people last year on July 22. First, he denoted a car bomb outside of Oslo killing eight people - and then he gunned down 69 people - mostly teenagers - who were at an island summer camp for the ruling Labour Party. The 33-year-old has admitted to the killings - saying they were politically motivated against those supporting "cultural Marxism" and Muslim immigration. The focus of his trial is on his mental state. Prosecutors asked the court to declare him insane - but - seeing himself as a political activist - Breivik wants to be declared of sound mind. Defense attorney Geir Lippestad. SOUNDBITE: Geir Lippestad, defense lawyer "What is very clear to him, which he also said during the trial and also to us today is that if he's considered insane by the court he will appeal." If the court rules he is sane - Breivik's maximum sentence would be 21 years - but could be extended if he is deemed a danger to society. A decision of insanity would mean he faces indefinite mental care - under lock and key.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Norway court to rule on Breivik's mental state

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 01:23