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Breivik meets attorneys ahead of verdict

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 01:32

Aug. 23 - As Norwegians wait for a verdict on his mental state, Anders Behring Breivik tells his attorneys he will appeal a mental insanity ruling. Sarah Irwin reports.

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A day before a Norway court will rule on his mental health, Anders Behring Breivik sits in this prison outside of Oslo. Housed in a three room cell, the self-confessed killer of 77 people visited with his attorneys on Thursday. Defense attorney Vibeke Hein Baera. SOUNDBITE: Defense attorney Vibeke Hein Baera. "If the judges find him not sane and mentally disturbed, he will appeal. If the judges will sentence him to punishment and mentally sane, he says today, as we understand him, that he will not appeal." Last year, Breivik denoted a car bomb outside of Oslo killing eight people -before gunning down 69 people - at an island summer camp for the ruling Labour Party. Prosecutors have called for the court to rule him insane - while he wants to be seen as a sane, political activist. If Breivik is declared insane, he faces indefinite detainment at a mental health facility while a sanity ruling carries a maximum sentence of 21 years with possible extension if he is deemed too dangerous for society. Norwegians remained divided. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PASSER-BY INGRID DOESSLAND, SAYING: "I think he is sane, he is just evil." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PASSER-BY EMIL GUNNEFLO, SAYING: "Something is not right in his head, you know. So, he is probably insane, I think." The verdict is expected to be read by presiding judges in court Friday morning.

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Breivik meets attorneys ahead of verdict

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 01:32