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Police and psychiatrists assess Norwegian bomber

Police and psychiatrists assess Norwegian bomber
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Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind the recent attacks in Norway, is being assessed by psychiatrists to see if he can be held mentally responsible for his crimes.

Seventy six people were killed in two separate attacks.

Police have now interrogated Breivik for a second time. The 50-page transcript of his first interview has been used to clarify his account of events, while police get more specific details.

Oslo police attorney Paal-Fredrick Hjort Kraby said: “The first interview was for him to speak as much as possible. And the next interview which will be next week, then we will plan more confronting questions.”

Two psychiatrists are now assessing the Norwegian in a process which could take up to three months. If he is found to be insane, he will not be deemed criminally responsible for the attacks.

Nathalie Prieto, a French psychiatric court consultant, said: “This doesn’t seem to be a mental illness in the psychiatric sense of the term. If it was, it would make him exempt from taking criminal responsibility. There is, in fact, a lot of evidence to suggest that he built an extremely rigid and strict ideology that he was passionate about.”

Breivik claims he is part of a wider network of extremists. Police are anxious to determine whether there are accomplices, or if he acted alone.

It is believed Breivik bought the fertiliser for his home made bombs, using his farm to cover his motives.