Psychiatrist on Norwegian mass killer: ‘You can’t trust him’
OSLO, Norway (AP) — A psychiatrist who observed a Norwegian far-right extremist who killed 77 people in 2011 and is seeking early release from prison said Wednesday that Anders Behring Breivik “has the same diagnosis as he had from the start.”
Breivik is serving the maximum 21-year sentence in Norway for detonating a bomb in Oslo’s government district and carrying out a shooting massacre at a summer camp for young left-wing activists. Under Norwegian law, he was eligible for his first parole hearing after 10 years.
The hearing began on Tuesday at the maximum security prison in Skien, south of Oslo. Psychiatrist Randi Rosenqvist said Wednesday that Breivik, 42, “did not change (the) risk of future acts of violence from how he was” when she first assessed him. times in 2012.
“He’s not consistent and you can’t trust him,” Rosenqvist said when appearing as a prosecution witness. Speaking of Breivik’s behavior since the massacre, she said he “changed tactics as he saw fit”.
“He still has narcissistic traits. He always tends to build scenarios. He is not psychotic, but he was able in several contexts to live his fables in reality”, explained the psychiatrist.
Although experts agree it is highly unlikely that Breivik will be released, authorities have insisted he has the same rights as any other prisoner, arguing that different treatment would undermine the principles that underpin Norwegian society, including the rule of law and freedom of expression.
Breivik made full use of his rights during the three-day hearing despite being held in solitary confinement with three cells at his disposal. He said on Tuesday he had renounced violence even as he held white supremacist views and threw Nazi salutes.
“They give everyone a chance. Why can’t I also have a chance? Breivik said Wednesday during the interrogation of his lawyer, Øystein Storrvik.
“I have been torn to atoms for the past 10 years. I have changed so much that it is no longer possible to change,” Breivik said.
Emily Krokann, a Norwegian correctional service lawyer who works at the prison where Breivik is being held, said prison authorities in Skien believe “there is an imminent danger that he will again commit serious crimes for which he was convicted. if it is released in the present tense.
“There is an imminent danger of violence or terror if released. The conditions are not enough to guarantee social protection,” Krokann said.