Nationalist and Mass Murderer Anders Breivik in Court for Inhumane Prison Treatment Appeal

Today, a Norwegian court started hearing arguments in a government appeal against a ruling that the isolation and prison treatment of the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is inhumane and violates his human rights.

The 37-year-old right wing Norwegian, who killed 77 mostly young socialist party members in a bomb and shooting rampage in 2011, sued the government last year, saying his solitary confinement, frequent strip searches, limit correspondence by restricting his access to stamps then total communication ban and the fact he was often handcuffed during the early part of his incarceration violated his human rights. The Oslo district court in his favor last April and acknowledged that Breivik’s treatment in the maximum security Skien prison did breach the European convention on human rights.
It said:

“The prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment represents a fundamental value in a democratic society. This applies no matter what – also in the treatment of terrorists and killers.”

It ordered the government to pay Breivik’s legal costs of 331,000 kroner ($40,000). However, it dismissed his claim that his right to respect for a private life was violated by restrictions on contacts with other rightwing extremists.

Speaking for the state, Attorney General Fredrik Sejersted said the government’s view was that Breivik’s prison conditions did not violate his human rights in any actual or legal sense.
Describing Breivik as Norway’s most expensive prisoner, Sejersted said that “in many ways they are better than [those] of other prisoners to compensate for the fact that he cannot make contact with other inmates.” “That is far from violating human rights,” he said.

Breivik made a Nazi salute as he walked into a courtroom on Tuesday, as he did at the start of his human rights case last year. Judge Oystein Hermansen asked him not to repeat the gesture, saying it insulted the dignity of the court.

“It also disturbs what we are dealing with here, so I ask you not to repeat it,” Hermansen said.

Breivik was convicted of mass murder and terrorism in 2012 and given a 21-year prison sentence that can be extended for as long as he is deemed dangerous to society. Legal experts say he is likely to be in prison for life.
Breivik is being held in isolation in a three-cell complex where he can play video games, watch TV and exercise. He has complained about the quality of the prison food, having to eat with plastic utensils and not being able to communicate with sympathisers.
The government has rejected his complaints, saying he is treated humanely despite the severity of his crimes and that he must be separated from other inmates for safety reasons.

Anders Behring Breivik sitting at his appeal case in Borgarting Court of Appeal at Telemark prison in Skien, Norway

Anders Behring Breivik sitting at his appeal case in Borgarting Court of Appeal at Telemark prison in Skien, Norway

Breivik had carefully planned the attacks on 22 July 2011. He set off a car bomb outside the government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight people, all of them government employees and wounding dozens. Dressed in a police uniform, Breivik then drove to the island of Utøya, about 25 miles (40km) away, where he opened fire on the annual summer camp of the leftwing Labor party’s youth wing. Sixty-nine people were killed, some of them teenagers, before he surrendered to police.
At the time of the attacks, Breivik claimed to be the commander of a secret Christian military order plotting an anti-Muslim revolution in Europe. He now describes himself as a traditional neo-Nazi who prays to the Viking god Odin.

A general view of the entrance to Telemark prison, where the appeal case regarding Anders Behring Breivik's prison conditions will be held

A general view of the entrance to Telemark prison, where the appeal hearing will be held.

The massacre shocked the Scandinavian country and many feel Breivik has had too much attention and visibility.

The gym of the Skien prison where the appeal hearing will be held.

The gym of the Skien prison where the appeal hearing will be held.

The case is being heard by the Borgarting Court of Appeals in a makeshift courtroom in the gym of Skien prison in southern Norway, where Breivik is incarcerated.
Six days have been reserved for the hearings. Judge Hermansen said a ruling is expected in February.

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  • Triarius

    Breivik did nothing wrong. He shot a bunch of commies and future Merkels.

    • Amy

      You’re just bad as the people you supposedly hate.