Father of Turkish girl murdered in Oslo attacks: Breivik not crazy
01 December 2011 | Todays Zaman | HASAN CÜCÜK , COPENHAGEN
The father of a Turkish girl who was among those murdered in the July Oslo attacks told Today’s Zaman he does not believe Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is criminally insane, as a recent court-ordered psychiatric report found.
The girl, Gizem Doğan (19), was one of the 69 people he killed on Utoya Island last summer. When her father, Abdulkadir Doğan, heard his daughter’s murderer had been deemed temporarily insane and may therefore not serve any jail time, he was outraged. “I was shocked. Such a decision does not suit the country of Norway. I was obviously not expecting this sort of decision,” he said.
Psychiatrists have concluded that Breivik is criminally insane, a prosecutor said earlier this week, meaning he may be committed to a psychiatric institution indefinitely rather than sent to jail.
However, politicians, victims’ families, the media and experts alike are now questioning the psychiatric report, many of them fearing justice has not been served. Breivik himself has said publicly he finds the report insulting.
Like others, Doğan has refused to accept the decision. “We absolutely cannot accept such a decision. That man is not crazy. If you look into the incident, you will see his plan and project were made a long time ago,” he said.
Doğan is among those who believe the report is an attempt to protect the country’s image.
He said he thinks the report would have turned out differently if the suspect had been a foreigner. “If Breivik was Asian and not Norwegian, I don’t think there would have been a similar decision. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was not called a schizophrenic but a ‘Muslim terrorist,’ but when it comes to Breivik, he must be sick,” Doğan expressed.
Doğan added that he will not accept the continuation of such a “recovery operation” in Norway, a constitutional state. “I will not abandon this pursuit. This man took my life from me,” he said.
Allowing the person responsible for such a massacre to go unpunished would open the door to future terrorist attacks, Doğan also said.
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