US court told Moussaoui not schizophrenic
A forensic psychiatrist testifying for prosecutors seeking the death penalty for Zacarias Moussaoui, on Thursday rejected defence arguments the Al-Qaeda acolyte was a paranoid schizophrenic.india Updated: Apr 21, 2006 04:30 IST
A forensic psychiatrist testifying for prosecutors seeking the death penalty for Zacarias Moussaoui, on Thursday rejected defence arguments the Al-Qaeda acolyte was a paranoid schizophrenic.
Dr Raymond Patterson gave the final testimony of the marathon trial, which opened March 6, before final arguments on Monday, after which the case will be handed to jurors to decide whether Moussaoui will be executed.
"Can you tell us to a reasonable degree of medical certainty as to whether the defendant suffers from schizophrenia?" asked prosecutor David Novak.
"My opinion is that Mr Moussaoui does not suffer from schizophrenia and has never suffered from schizophrenia," Patterson, called as a rebuttal witness by the prosecution, said.
He also concluded, unlike clinical psychologists called by the defence, that Moussaoui did not suffer from delusions, deciding instead that Moussaoui may have some non-specified personality disorder.
Defence lawyers had argued in the sentencing phase of the Al-Qaeda plotter's trial that Moussaoui was plagued by delusions, and was therefore not fit to be executed.