Archive for February 10th, 2012
Breivik will not be committed to Dikemark Hospital, court orders psychiatric observation inside prison
Oslo District Court (Tingrett) today decided that Anders Behring Breivik will not be committed to Dikemark Hospital for psychiatric observation. Instead, the court followed the most recent recommendation from the two newly court-appointed psychiatrists, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrissen, that Breivik be observed by psychiatric health personnel inside Ila Prison.
The court has decided that the observation must be concluded before the end of March and not last longer than four weeks, a shorter time frame than previously discussed. In the decision, Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen writes that a condition for the psychiatric observation is that it does not affect the defense’s ability to prepare for the upcoming trial.
NRK writes that this is the first time a Norwegian court ordered someone accused of a crime to be hospitalized inside Ila Prison rather than to be committed to a psychiatric hospital. If today’s decision by the court is effectuated, Breivik will be moved to another area of Ila Prison during the daytime where he will be accompanied by health personnel from Dikemark Hospital and the two newly appointed psychiatrists. Currently, Breivik spends time in three cells, one for computer use, one for exercising and one for sleeping.
Breivik’s lawyers told Aftenposten that in their view forced psychiatric observation at this time will interfere with Breivik’s ability to prepare for his trial, the meeting activity between Breivik and his lawyers, and the remaining police questioning.
Breivik’s lawyers have appealed the court’s decision to carry out a second round of psychiatric evaluation, and a decision is expected next week.
Breivik forced psychiatric observation
Defendant told VG Nett: “He will not cooperate”
Oslo District Court has today decided that Anders Breivik Behring will enter into a forced psychiatric observation in Ila prison.
This gives the new right-appointed psychiatrists an opportunity to observe Breivik in daily, to find out whether he is sane.
“Breivik is not surprised by the result. He said he is glad that he will be in Ila,” said defender Odd Ivar Grøn to VG.
He and lawyer Tor Jordet sits next Breivik at the police station in Grønland. They say that 32-year-old is disappointed with the decision.
“He is still determined that he will not cooperate with the committee,” said Grøn….
Original article: Breivik tvinges til psykiatrisk observasjon
Google translation [edited for clarity]:
Behring Breivik be forced committed in prison
Persons charged with terrorist Behring Anders Breivik be forcibly examined for up to four weeks in Ila Prison.
Will consider an appeal
“We register that it is set up to 4 weeks of observation, and are concerned about how this should be solved in terms of time – how Breivik will have time to prepare himself for trial. If this is left we will consider whether to request that the trial be postponed, says defender Odd Ivar Grøn to Aftenposten.no.
The trial is scheduled for 16 April.
“Will you appeal the decision on forced hospitalization?”
“It’s a bit early to say. First we need to discuss this, then we may hope that the Supreme Court comes to a decision fairly quickly to the appeal which has already been built for the appointment of new experts,” answers Grøn….
Original article: Behring Breivik blir tvangsinnlagt
Google translation [edited for clarity]:
Breivik forced committed in Ila
An observation on the Ila has never happened before and will be characterized by improvisation. At what level of the professionals from Dikemark will communicate with Dikemark has not yet been clarified.
Today, even Breivik defenders meet his client behind a glass wall in the prison….
Common practice for compulsory observation is to move the patient to the closed ward of a psychiatric hospital. The observation takes place 24 hours a day for a period of maximum four weeks and is usually not performed by the experts themselves.
The purpose of a hospitalization, the patient must have a qualified management team around him, which compiles records and environmental reports to the committee later access.
According to the Psychologist Specialist Paul Grondahl is the main point of an observation force to see the patient in interaction with others.
“In principle, a person who is under observation forced to participate in activities and routines so that other patients in the hospital. The goal is to see how the person behaves and acts in interaction with other people, Grøndahl previously stated to NRK.”
Original article: Breivik tvangsinnlegges på Ila
Related: Court decision (pdf) in Norwegian