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Breivik declared sane, sentenced to 21 years

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Breivik declared sane, sentenced to 21 years


Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik has been sentenced to 21 years in prison after a court in Oslo found he was sane when he carried out last July’s twin attacks.

The 33-year-old will serve at least 10 years in prison for the the murders of 77 people during a bomb attack on the capital Oslo and a mass shooting at a youth camp on Otoeya island.

His sentence can be extended indefinitely under Norwegian law if he is deemed a threat to society.

Analysts said before the verdict that Breivik was unlikely to ever be freed.

Prosecutors had called for Breivik to be judged insane. But after a 10-week trial, a panel of five judges found that he was of sound mind when he carried out his anti-Islam attacks.

The crimes and subsequent trial have stunned many Norwegians and raised questions about the prevalence of far-right views as immigration continues to increase in the 5 million population country.

There’s even been controversy over Breivik’s prison cell which some victims’ families say is too luxurious.

The three roomed cell at the Ila prison, near Oslo, features a bedroom, a personal gym and a study complete with laptop.

Two seperate teams of psychiatrists had come to different conclusions about Breivik’s sanity. One ruled he was a paranoid schizophrenic, the other that he was sane.

Several other experts described several apparent mental health conditions that Breivik suffers from.

Before the verdict, polls showed that around 70 percent of Norwegians thought such a well-planned attack could not have been the work of a madman. They said Breivik must take responsibility rather than be dismissed as merely deranged.

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