OSLO -- The Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a shooting and car bomb attack last July, said Wednesday that being sentenced to time in a psychiatric hospital would be a "fate worse than death."
Breivik, 33, made the comment in extracts from a 38-page letter he wrote from jail, published in the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang on Wednesday.
The letter contains Breivik's commentary on a report by two psychiatric experts who concluded that Breivik was suffering paranoid schizophrenia and was criminally insane.
In the letter, Breivik identified more than 200 points in the psychiatric report that he said are incorrect. He also referred to himself in the letter as a "political activist."
"Sending a political activist to a mental hospital is more sadistic and cruel than to kill him. It is a fate worse than death," Breivik wrote. "I must admit that this is the worst that could have happened to me, as it is the ultimate humiliation."
Breivik has admitted to setting off a car bomb outside government buildings in Oslo on July 22, killing eight people. He also has admitted to shooting 69 people dead on Utoya Island shortly after the car bombing.
He is due to go on trial April 16. If the Norwegian court concurs with the psychiatric report and decides he is criminally insane, he may be confined to a psychiatric ward for life.