Archive for February 8th, 2012
Verdens Gang (VG) reported Tuesday evening that court psychiatrist, Torgeir Husby, one of the original court-appointed psychiatrists to examine Anders Behring Breivik, fell ill in court on Monday and was brought to hospital in an ambulance. According to VG, Husby was still hospitalized for observation.
Husby was working as a court-appointed psychiatrist in a murder trial in Oslo District Court (Tingrett) which was being held at the same time and in the same building as the Breivik court proceeding. VG writes that Husby began sweating profusely on his forehead for about half an hour until he vomitted inside the court room. An ambulance was called for at 1:55 p.m.
The court proceeding against Breivik, which Husby was not attending, began at 12:35 p.m. In court, Breivik made a short statement explaining the political reasons for his attacks on 7/22. He also stated that he is working on a newspaper opinion about the psychiatric report. “I am working on a newspaper opinion about the court appointed psychiatric report, which is completely ridiculous and which probably everyone in Norway realizes,” Breivik said.
The initial psychiatric report, written by Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim, has been widely critizied by other professional psychiatrists. Several psychiatrists that attended Monday’s court hearing stated to the media afterwards that, in their view, Breivik displayed no signs of schizophrenia or psychosis.
Was driven away in an ambulance
While the prosecutor read out the gruesome details of the party to call murder case, he suddenly experienced right psychiatrist Torgeir Husby unwell….
Husby had the last half hour before the sudden illness took place, sweating heavily from the forehead, and had to figure out a handkerchief to wipe the sweat.
It was during the review of the forensic psychiatric statement that Husby suddenly became ill.
While the prosecutor Nina Harboe Jensen Søndersrød read out the details that the accused had explained to the psychiatric expert examination by a 4 March 2011, suddenly Husby vomitted in a plastic folder he had on his desk….
Original article: Breivik-psykiater fikk illebefinnende i rettssalen
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None of the 36 hours of interviews of Anders Behring Breivik which were carried out by court-appointed psychiatrists, Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim, were documented by voice or video recordings. Only handwritten notes exist, writes the Norwegian newpaper, Dagsavisen. This means that the newly appointed court psychiatrists will not have access to objective, verifiable documentation of what was said between the original psychiatrists, Husby and Sørheim, and Breivik.
Breivik has, through his lawyers, stated that 80% of the conversations in the psychiatric report did not take place as described by the two psychiatrists. Breivik is of the opinion that much of what he said was twisted and misrepresented by the psychiatrists.
In the court hearing on Monday, Breivik announced that he is working on an opinion piece about the psychiatric report for publication in a newspaper. “I am working on a newspaper opinion about the court-appointed psychiatric report, which is completely ridiculous and which probably everyone in Norway realizes,” said Breivik before being interruped by the judge.
The psychiatric report concluded that Breivik’s concerns about surveillance by the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) before the 7/22 attacks shows that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and that his political ideas are the result of psychosis. The report, which has been leaked to the press, has been widely criticized by professional psychiatrists and political commentators for its failure to consider alternative diagnoses and for the lack of discussion of Breivik’s political ideas.
As a result of the controversy surrounding the report, the Oslo District Court (Tingrett) made the extraordinary decision to appoint two new psychiatric experts, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrissen. Breivik has stated that he does not wish to partake in another round of questioning, and has appealed the appointment to the Supreme Court.
Professor in clinical psychology, Siri Erika Gullestad, said to Dagsavisen that it is unfortunate that there are poor scientific traditions in Norwegian court psychiatry, and that the thirteen conversations should have been recorded. “I think it is unfortunate that others can not go in and observe what the primary observers have done. This is a requirement in research,” Gullestad says.
Impossible to verify psychiatrists
Undocumented: None of the 36 hours Anders Breivik Behring has spoken with the right psychiatrists Synne Sørheim and Torgeir Husby recorded on tape or video. Psychiatrists took just notes.
This means that it is not possible to verify what actually Breivik told psychiatrists. It is not possible to see or hear how the talks progress.
“This is unfortunate and should be amended so that premises can be verified by the parties and the court. In 2012, one must expect more notoriety and shooting – not handwritten notes,” said lawyer John Christian Elden to the Times.
His office represents 170 victims of the terror that struck Norway 22 last July.
“Lack of verifiable evidence weakens the rule of law. Audio and video recording provide community insight and opportunity for control. It has far greater value than an inaccurate representation and interpretation of a written statement,” said Elden.
He said a 36-hour video recording of the 13 calls would have been of great value to the new psychiatrists, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrissen. Not least because Breivik refuses to talk to them – and because he claims that 80 percent of the expert report is ridiculous fiction from Sørheim and Husby side.
It can now justify Breivik announced in his article, in the knowledge that the content of the conversations he had with the psychiatrists were not documented with audio and video….
Original article: Umulig å etterprøve psykiaterne
Breivik demanding the release
OSLO: Anders Breivik Behring demanded to be released and called expert report for the ridiculous.
… “May I make a comment,” breaks in Behring Breivik.
It allows the judge.
“I keep on working on a feature article on the expert report, which is absolutely ridiculous and it certainly realize all of Norway,” Breivik said before he is interrupted by the judge.
“I come back to this at a later date,” says Breivik….
Original article: Breivik krevde løslatelse
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