14 Jan 2012

New assessment of mass killer ordered

1:07 pm on 14 January 2012

A court in Norway 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 that the new evaluation was necessary because of widespread criticism of the initial findings.

On the basis of the earlier report, Breivik would be placed in psychiatric care instead of prison.

''Due to the gravity of this case, the criminal responsibility (of Breivik) must be examined again,'' Judge Arntzen told reporters.

Two new experts, Agnar Aspaas and Terje Toerrisen, were named to evaluate the killer's sanity.

The BBC reports Breivik has said through his lawyer that he will not agree to a second assessment.

His twin attacks on 22 July left 77 people dead and 151 wounded.

He set off a bomb in the capital, Oslo, before travelling to the island of Utoeya where he attacked young people at a Labour Party summer camp.

He is due to go on trial on 16 April. Breivik denies criminal guilt.