Meeting with Anders Behring Breivik, who is accused of killing 77 people in cold blood, is something like meeting Hannibal Lecter, according to one psychologist.
Psychologist Eirik Johannesen was called upon by Breivik's defense to attest to the fact that he was not mentally insane when committing the heinous acts.
Breivik killed 77 people during his bombing of a government building and shootings during a youth conference. Following the incident, psychiatrist initially predicted that the man was insane while committing the crime. New evidence, however, has confirmed that Breivik was fully sane during the incident. Two psychiatrists, appointed by a court in Norway, conducted the report.
Breivik released a 38-page letter to the media last week, which revealed an ideology that according to one expert, exemplified Hitler's way of thinking.
"He's aggressive against people who think differently and who are different. I believe this can be compared with what the Nazis thought in the '30s and '40s, when they believed the Jews had a secret conspiracy plan to take over," Dr Arne Thorvik told the Oslo Times, a Norwegian newspaper.
Breivik stated that he committed the attacks in support of his militant ideology. He believes that Norway has become too "multi-cultural." According to Johannesen, such ideology is not something that can be treated, and thus clarifies that Breivik is not insane.
"In light of his ideology, I don't think that he can be treated with therapy or with medicine," Johannesen told the Oslo district court according to France 24. "Meeting Breivik was almost like meeting Hannibal."
While many still disagree about whether or not Breivik is mentally insane, Breivik himself has gone out of his way to prove that he is not in order for his ideology to be taken more seriously.
If found guilty, Breivik could face the maximum penalty of 21 years in prison with the possibility of renewal.
"Evil cannot always be explained by illness,"expert witness and psychiatric professor Einar Kringlen, who had previously considered Breivik insane, said, changing his opinion.