No appeal against Breivik 'sane' verdict

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No appeal against Breivik 'sane' verdict

No appeal against Breivik 'sane' verdict
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The mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has told a Norwegian court that he will not appeal against the verdict that found him sane.

The prosecution which had asked for the killer to be declared mad will also not appeal, after initially asking for time to consider.

It means the maximum 21 year jail term is definitive, although if the far-right extremist is still deemed dangerous he will stay locked up.

Announcing the unanimous verdict, the presiding judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen said: “Anders Behring Breivik is sentenced to prison, according to section 39c of the penal code, for a maximum of 21 years and a minimum of 10 years, minus 445 days for time already served”.

Breivik admitted killing 77 people and wounding more than 240 by blowing up a bomb in Oslo and then going on a prolonged shooting spree at a summer youth camp on Utoeya island.

The 33-year-old had claimed only acquittal or death would be worthy outcomes after the 10-week trial.

He had dreaded a verdict of insanity that would have seen him confined to indefinite psychiatric care.

Asked for his response, the convicted man said he did not recognise the court. He tried to launch into a speech addressing those he called “nationalists” but was stopped in his tracks by the judge.

The defence team was allowed to confer quickly to form its response, and there was drama in the terse exchanges with the judge.

But after establishing there’d be no appeal, she brought the proceedings to an abrupt end.

There was time for one last gesture of defiance from Breivik before he was led away to begin his sentence.

He will serve it in solitary confinement at a high-security prison near Oslo.

Most Norwegians will be relieved to see the killer out of sight, leaving them to remember and mourn his many victims.