OSLO - Prosecutors asked a Norwegian court on Thursday to declare far- right mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik insane and commit him to a mental institution, in line with their original indictment.
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Breivik, who admits to killing 77 people in twin attacks last year, most of them teenagers at a Labor Party summer camp, says he should be declared sane, but acquitted on grounds that he was defending the Norwegian people by fighting the supporters of Muslim immigration.
Court-appointed psychiatrists have come to opposing conclusions. One team declared Breivik a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic, while a second concluded that he most likely suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder but was not psychotic, and could therefore be held criminally responsible.
The two professional and three lay judges will make the final ruling on Breivik's sanity and deliver their verdict by Aug. 24, the court said. He has said that if he is found to have been insane, he will appeal.