Anders Behring Breivik was formally charged in an Oslo, Norway court with 77 counts of voluntary homicide and acts of terror. According to prosecutors, Breivik needs to be in the care of a mental health facility because they believe he was psychotic at the time.
There has been a long debate as to whether Breivik is competent to stand trial. Last month, the court ordered that Breivik be evaluated by psychologists again. The first time he was evaluated, two psychologists said that he was schizophrenic and paranoid. If the court accepted this evaluation, then the court may not be able to sentence him to the maximum punishment of life in prison. Because of the outrage over the findings of the first evaluation, the court ordered another evaluation completed.
Breivik will stand trial for killing eight people in an Oslo bomb attack and another 69 people on Utoya Island. Most of those killed on Utoya were young adults and teenagers. Breivik has admitted to the killings, but says that he was engaged in war against immigrants. He said that he killed his victims because it was a matter of self-defense and that he was saving Norway fromethnic cleansing.
Breivik continues to rant about Muslims and liberal Europeans. He posted a 1,500 page manifestoonline before the shooting and he is usually described as a right-wing Christian extremist. Breivik insists that he is not insane and says that all of the questions that are continuously asked about his mental condition are ridiculous. Geir Lippestad, Breivik’s lawyer, reports to the court the rhetoric that Breivik wants the world to know. He refuses to acknowledge that what he did has any type of criminal implications.
Breivik’s trial is expected to begin on April 16 and could last as long as two and a half months.