Norway builds psychiatric ward for mass killer

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Terror charged Anders Behring Breivik seen in court in Oslo, Friday, June 22, 2012. On the last day of his trial, Anders Behring Breivik\'s defense lawyers on Friday tried to cast the confessed mass killer as a political militant motivated by an extreme right-wing ideology rather than a delusional madman who killed 77 people for the sake of killing. (AP Photo/Heiko Junge/pool)

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OSLO, Norway (AP) — Even if found criminally insane, confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is likely to remain inside the walls of the prison where he has been held since his bomb and gun attacks in July.

Norway's Health Directorate on Wednesday approved plans to build a psychiatric ward inside Oslo's Ila Prison, specially designed for the 33-year-old right-wing extremist.

Breivik has been held at the prison since the twin attacks on July 22: a bombing in downtown Oslo and a shooting massacre at a youth camp outside the capital. The self-styled anti-Muslim militant admitted both attacks, which killed 77 people.

Since his guilt is not in question, Breivik's mental state was the key issue during his trial, which ended last week. The court is set to make a ruling on Aug. 24.

 
 
 

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