8 Mar 2012

Breivik charged over Norway massacre

9:03 am on 8 March 2012

The Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people last July, has been formally charged with committing acts of terror.

Prosecutors have indicated they consider Breivik mentally ill and will seek to have him committed to psychiatric care rather than jailed, the BBC reports.

He has been charged under a paragraph in Norway's anti-terror law that refers to violent acts intended to disrupt key government functions or spread fears in the population.

The prosecution said last week it was prepared to accept Breivik was criminally insane and therefore not responsible for his acts, and as such it might not call for a prison sentence.

However, it reserved the right to alter that view if new elements emerged about his mental health by the end of the trial.

His trial is expected to begin on 16 April.