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The Court of Appeal (Borgarting lagmannsrett) has rejected the appeal of the decision by the Oslo District Court (Tingrett) not to allow Anders Behring Breivik’s testimony to be broadcast to the public, reports Verdens Gang (VG).
The decision was appealed by the Norwegian Editors Asssociation and the Norwegian Press Association, as well as by Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad.
Leader of the Norwegian Editors Association, Nils Øy, says that the organization is considering whether to appeal to the Norwegian Supreme Court, writes Dagsavisen.
Due to the decision by the court to reserve almost all seats in the courtroom for the press and victims and their relatives, the Oslo District Court has broken with the tradition common in democracies in which regular citizens have the right to follow court cases in person in their entirety in order to ensure that judges follow the law and that trials are fair.
The media will not transfer Anders Behring Breivik’s explanation in the Oslo District Court, the Court of Appeal ruled….
The Court concludes, however, that there has not been any wrong interpretation of the law in court, and reject the part of the appeal. The judges rejected the other arguments in the appeal paper.
The ruling shows that the interests of those affected and bereaved weighs heavily, giving the court the opportunity to refuse “photography or recordings” that will lead to an “undue burden”….
Original article: Ingen TV-overføring av Breiviks forklaring
29 March 2011
The Court of Appeal has upheld the District Court’s decision that Anders Behring Breivik’s explanation can not be communicated directly off the television.
This is a form of censorship. The Court is completely outdated when it comes to relate to today’s media world….
Population, not just those that are present in court, is entitled to consider whether it can really voice that Breivik is irresponsible. Consideration for the relatives can not stand over the public right of access. Television pictures will help remove some of the doubts about the man’s mental condition. There is no question of giving Breivik a soapbox for their insane political opinions, but to document the main issue in the most severe trial in post-war period. Norwegian Editors’ Association considers whether the case should be brought before the Supreme Court. Our request is that you have to do….
Original article: TV-sensur
Court decision (in Norwegian): PDF
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
Related post: Court orders new psychiatric evaluation of Breivik
Related post: Breivik’s statement in court February 6, 2012
Dagsavisen reports that the Norwegian Justice Department is considering a law change that will make it illegal for Anders Behring Breivik to publish the book he is writing. Chief State’s Attorney, Kjerstin A. Kvande, has told Dagsavisen that she understands the need for an evaluation of such a law change.
On the other hand, the General Secretary of the Norwegian Press Association, Per Edgar Kokkvold, is skeptical of a law that makes it illegal for a person sentenced for a serious crime to publish a book.
New law may stop Breivik’s book
23. January 2012
Justice considering an amendment to prevent the murder and rape of men give out books about their crimes and make money on them….
First Prosecutor Kjerstin A. Kvande of Public Prosecutions told Times that she understands that the question be raised, while the Secretary General Per Edgar Kokkvold of the Norwegian Press Association is skeptical of a ban.
“There must be a responsibility of the publishing industry to have a high enough ethical standards to refrain from publishing such books,” believes Kokkvold.
Original article: Ny lov kan stoppe Breiviks bok