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'Worse than death' if sent to mental ward: Norway gunman
OSLO, April 4 (BSS/AFP) - Anders Behring Breivik, who is set to go on trial on April 16 for killing 77 people in Norway last July, said in a letter published Wednesday that being sentenced to psychiatric care would be the worst fate imaginable.

"To send a political activist to an asylum is more sadistic and more evil than killing him! It is a fate worse than death," the 33-year-old right-wing extremist wrote in a 38-page letter, of which the Verdens Gang (VG) daily published a few extracts.

The letter aims to discredit, point-by-point, a report by two psychiatric experts, Synne Soerheim and Torgeir Husby, who concluded late last year that Behring Breivik was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and was therefore criminally insane.

If the Oslo court judges reach the same conclusion at the
end of his 10-week trial, the confessed killer will be sentenced
to a locked psychiatric ward, possibly for life, rather than

Behring Breivik, who has claimed to be on a crusade against
multi- culturalism and the "Muslim invasion" of Europe, wants to
be declared of sane mind, according to his lawyers, so as not to
damage the political message presented in his 1,500-page
manifesto published online shortly before the July 22 attacks.

"I must honestly admit that that is the worst thing that
could happen to me since it would be the ultimate humiliation,"
he wrote in Wednesday's letter.

Behring Breivik claims in the letter that he found more than
"200 lies" in the psychiatric report, ranging, according to VG,
from small language mistakes to whole paragraphs the right-wing
extremist claims Soerheim and Husby made up.

"The problem is that 80 percent of the content in the 13
conversations (the experts had with Behring Breivik and which
they based their conclusion on) is completely made up," he wrote
in the letter.

Reversing roles, the confessed killer questioned whether
Soerheim and Husby may have been so traumatised by his attacks
that they were unable to be objective and should have be
considered unfit to evaluate his mental state.

"The very brutal, and for them incomprehensible, actions,
combined with our incompatible ideological opinion differences
resulted in a conclusion that most probably emerged as a result
of out-of control emotions, where the lack of a pragmatic
approach was all but complete," he wrote.

"Their aim was quite clearly to create the premises that
support the diagnosis they reached early on," he wrote.

The psychiatric experts' conclusion last year caused outcry
in Norway and the Oslo court has ordered a second evaluation by
two new experts who are set to present their findings on April
10, less than a week before the trial gets underway.

On July 22, Behring Breivik set off a car bomb outside
government buildings in Oslo, killing eight people.

He then went to Utoeya island, some 40 kilometres (25 miles)
northwest of Oslo, and, dressed as a police officer, spent more
than an hour methodically shooting and killing another 69 people,
mainly teenagers, attending a summer camp hosted by the ruling
Labour Party's youth wing.

"I of course knew right from wrong, but I acted
instinctively," Behring Breivik wrote in his letter.
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