Anders Behring Breivik, the terrorist suspect who killed 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage in Oslo, Norway, was indicted Wednesday on terror and murder charges. However, prosecutors said the confessed killer likely won't go to prison for Norway's worst massacre in its history.
Prosecutors believe the 33-year-old right-wing extremist has mental issues and is asking a sentence of involuntary commitment to psychiatric care instead of imprisonment.
Breivik has confessed to the July 22 attacks, but denies criminal guilt, portraying the victims as "traitors" for embracing immigration policies he claims will result in an Islamic colonization of Norway.
According to the Associated Press, the indictment listed the names of the eight people killed when a bomb exploded in downtown Oslo and the 69 victims of a shooting spree on Utoya Island outside the capital, where the youth wing of the governing Labor Party was holding its annual summer camp.
Reading from the indictment, prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh said 34 of the victims at Utoya were between 14 and 17 years old, 22 were aged 18-20, six were between 21 and 25 and seven were older than 25.
She said 67 died of gunshot wounds, and two died of fall injuries or drowning.
The terror charges carry a maximum penalty of 21 years in prison, but prosecutors are working under the assumption that Breivik is legally insane and therefore unfit for prison.
However, they said that this assessment could change during the trial, which is set to start in April.
"We're keeping the possibility open that there could be things during the presentation of evidence that may change our view," Bejer Engh said.
Breivik himself has rejected his psychiatric diagnosis and his defense lawyer Geir Lippestad told Norway's TV2 that his client was "disappointed" that it was included in the indictment.
Breivik also rejects the authority of the Norwegian legal system, calling it a tool of the left-leaning elites he claims have betrayed the country.
Whatever punishment is handed down to Breivik it still doesn’t erase the fact that because of his terrorist act, 77 people are no longer in this world. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.