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Non Compos Mentis – an overall solution?

Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik – declared as insane 

Terrorist responsible for 77 deaths

 Anders Breivik is liable for the attack, occured on 22th July 2011 in Norway, which led to the death of 77 innocent people. Motivated by his far-right  militant ideology he killed eight people with a car bomb in the centre of Oslo before driving to the island of Utoya where he shot  69 people, another 151 were severely injured among them mostly teenagers.

  Motives

 After having confessed to have carried out the attacks, he claims that his main motive was to make an example of eliminating multiculturalism in Norway. Justifying his action to be an act for the good of the Norwegian popoulation and preserving the „cleanliness“ of the Norwegian culture, he denies any criminal guilt. In addition, Breivik argues that the attacks were necessary for his campaign to defend Europe against a Muslim invasion.

 No custodial sentence for Breivik despite a clear confession

 The recently published article „Norway killer is declared insane“ written by Harry Haydon for the SUN reveals that docters have assessed the Norwegian mass killer to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia.

Having been examined by two psychiatrists Breivik is declared to be insane and therefore not accountable for his action – even though the Norwegian prosecution possesses a clear and comprehensive confession made by Breivik himself. Both psychatrists maintain that Anders Breivik must have already  been in the state of insanity during the attacks. Accoringly, his action seems to be justified by him living in an unreal universe being guided by his delusions.

This certainly means that Breivik will not be affected from imprisonment for life. Instead he will probably have to face compulsory intensive mental health care which is apparently limited in time. Breivbik’s lawyer John Christian Elden said: “What will happen in the case, no matter what the conclusion, is that he (Breivik) will of course be incarcerated.“ Whereas prosecution and affected family members complain “How can someone who has planned this for such a long time… be considered insane?”.

 Manifesto

The psychiatrits who examined Breiviks mental health composed a 243-page report that will be reviewed by a panel from the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine.

As far as that, the Breivik is due to stand trial on the 16th of April 2012. The hearing has already been scheduled to last at least 10 weeks.

Legal responsabilities intend to accomplish a standard trial for Breivik which means he will be questioned by the defense, prosecution and the judge neglecting his status of being declared certifiably insane.

Non Compos Mentis – an overall solution?

 Having followed the media on that topic I am shocked again due to the fact that certifable insanity is applied in that particular case. I cannot understand how that declaration can be established even though Breivik confessed in a manner of total awareness. I believe that the existence of non compus mentis should be preserved for severely mentally sick people who are not able to make their own decisions. Breivik was living a normal life being able to prepare his cruel actions in advance. His plan seems to have been well elaborated and is this not a proof that he exactly knew what he was doing? A subtle plan and a clear confession explaning his action – a sign for insanity? I personally doubt…

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6 thoughts on “Non Compos Mentis – an overall solution?

  1. I´m just as shocked as you are! The psychiatrists can´t be serious about their evaluation! I mean as you and the victims´ parents already said that “person” planned that massacre very detailled. He had to build a bomb and time the whole attack. that requires a certain amount of intellegence, so how can he be claimed insane?? He is an intelligent, cruel and sick sociopath, not a poor insane, who was misguided by his believes. I think another psychiatrists should check him again. I hope that testimoney has no influence on the penalty.

    Posted by anne | November 30, 2011, 1:58 pm
  2. Thank you, Anne. I am glad you gave me some feedback. I absolutely share your opinion. There have been two psychiatrists doing 13 medical interviews with him. I cannot understand how they obtained the result of insanity. Maybe the medical procedures of mental examination should be reorganized…

    Posted by vikii | November 30, 2011, 2:07 pm
  3. Hey VIKII, I read about the topic in the newspaper. At first I want to explain clearly my own opinion.
    I totally agree with both of you.
    But I want to post some interesting points of view. The first one was in the article in the current “Berliner Zeitung” they said it could possibly be that it hurts Breivik more that his “genius” is just declared as a mental sickness. So he is seeing his self godlike and this could be an option to grab him at his…..you know what I mean.
    The second point was born in my own brain. What is if the psychiatrists did it on purpose? If Breivik goes to jail he “just” has to spend 21 years there. Psychiatry is a very risky way but maybe the only option to have Breivik under governmental control for his whole life. But as I said it is risky because he can get free after months.
    So maybe, but just maybe and this is what I hope for the psychiatrists, they knew what they did!

    Posted by Phil | November 30, 2011, 10:41 pm
  4. This is only one of hunderts of thousands of examples… Why do tax evaders in some cases go to prison for a LONGER time than people who killed somebody (oh sorry, it was only manslaughter) or pedophiles which (the article which has been chosen with caution) abused infants? Why are people in prison for 30 years when it suddenly comes out – oh, upsi, he is unguilty after all. Why do files of well-offs with the one or other relationship to “important people” get adjourned and adjourned and adjourned.. People like those mentioned in your blog viki really scare me and sometimes when I walk along a street in the daytime I do get shaky and think about my family and how much i love them because the world is full of sick bastards shooting around with no reason and people get killed with no reason. And i would looooooooove to know what kind of events or experience (or genetic defect) contributed to make them believe they are right. Here´s a link describing the situation (German) http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/430038_310904208956451_307816085931930_822736_277281148_n.jpg Great story hun! :-*

    Posted by Pia | November 30, 2011, 11:02 pm
  5. This post moved me to think! HMMM just thinking aloud now. What if declaring someone insane in the society is a way to understand how brutalities such as Breiviks can happen. Reason being to create distance between the perpetrator and the victims.

    I also believe that by studying any person to such an extreme degreee as they probably have done with Breivik, they must find some kind of strange behaviour. By that, I don’t mean that he’s not a sick sociopath. Good writing. The layout is well disposed with the sub-headlines too, btw.

    ///M

    Posted by Mattias | December 4, 2011, 1:01 pm

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