Labor Party wants law changes in order to prevent possible early release of Breivik
If the court finds Anders Behring Breivik to be not legally accountable for his actions, he will be committed to forced psychiatric care. According to Norwegian law, a person who is committed to forced psychiatric care may petition the court for release every year. This provision is in place to ensure that someone who is not mentally ill cannot be detained in a psychiatric hospital.
Now the Labor Party’s foremost justice politician, Jan Bøhler, has suggested reconsidering the right of people committed to psychiatric care to petition for early release in order to prevent Breivik from making use of this legal right should the court determine that he is mentally ill.
Previous Labor Party Justice Minister, Knut Storberget, indicated in Autumn of last year that changes to the law might also occur should Breivik be sentenced to a regular prison sentence with detention, a special type of sentencing for people considered to pose a danger to society, and where release from prison depends on an evaluation by the court.
Possible, but unwise, according to law professor
According to law professor Hans Petter Graver, it is possible to change the laws to prevent to prevent Anders Behring Breivik come out in society a few years.
Jan Bøhler, Labor justice spokesman in Parliament, said in the Times today that there is a political readiness for change – just to prevent a rapid release of Breivik if he is sentenced to compulsory psychiatric health care….
Bøhler believe that such changes will not be in conflict with the Constitution’s prohibition against giving legislation retroactive….
Original article: Vil ha lovendring for å holde Anders Behring Breivik innelåst