New psychiatric probe for mass killer

A NORWEGIAN court has ordered a new psychiatric evaluation of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, after an earlier report found him legally insane.

Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen said in Oslo the new evaluation was necessary considering widespread criticism of the initial findings, which suggested Breivik should be sent to psychiatric care instead of prison. Two Norwegian psychiatrists have been appointed for the new evaluation.

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Breivik has confessed to a bomb and shooting spree on July 22 that killed 77 people. He denies criminal guilt, saying he is a commander of a resistance movement aiming to overthrow European governments and replace them with “patriotic” regimes that will deport Muslim immigrants. Investigators found no sign of such a movement and say Breivik most likely plotted and carried out the attacks on his own.

The 32-year-old Norwegian was deemed mentally unfit to be convicted and jailed for the massacre.