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Breivik agrees to new psychiatric evaluation

Confessed terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has changed his mind and now says he’ll cooperate with a new psychiatric evaluation of his mental state.

Breivik, who just turned 33, agreed to talk with new court-appointed psychiatrists after Norway’s Supreme Court rejected his appeal of their appointment. It means he now won’t need to be committed for psychiatric evaluation after all.

Breivik’s defense attorney Geir Lippestad told news bureau NTB that his client is now anxious to point out what he contends are errors in an earlier psychiatric evaluation that’s been contested since it determined that Breivik is insane. That would mean he can’t be punished with a prison term.

Breivik is charged with killing 77 persons and causing massive destruction in two terrorist attacks on July 22. Breivik has admitted to bombing Norway’s government headquarters in Oslo, and carrying out a massacre at a Labour Party summer camp on the island of Utøya. His trial is due to begin April 16.

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