Breivik's defense seeks minimum punishment
MOSCOW, June 22 - RAPSI. The counsel for Anders Breivik, who has been charged in a Norwegian court with killing 77 people last July, has asked for the most lenient punishment possible for his client on the last day of his trial, Agence France-Presse reports.
The lawyer said his defendant should be declared of sound mind.
Earlier this week, prosecutors sought to place Breivik in a mental hospital for compulsory treatment. The prosecution believes that Breivik is insane despite controversial expert opinions.
According to the attorney, Breivik is an ordinary person who maintains good relationships with his friends and colleagues.
Moreover, the defendant visited a gun club, which a mentally unbalanced person would not do, the lawyer said. He added that his client's conduct is driven not by a wish of violence, but rather his extreme civic stance.
Breivik, 33, has confessed to murdering 69 people at a youth summer camp on Utoya Island and eight in a bomb attack in Oslo on July 22, 2011, but pleaded innocent to terror charges. Breivik claimed that he was on a crusade against multi-culturalism and the "Muslim invasion" of Europe when he carried out the attacks.