Norway Battles Mass Murderer Breivik ‘inhumane prison’ Claim

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Anders Behing Breivik claims his living conditions are inhumane.  He is in prison for mass murder and he is a right wing extremist.

The Norwegian state is currently trying to overturn a court decision ruling that Breivik’s is receiving “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

Fredrik Sejersted’s claim that Breivik is very dangerous and can do the unthinkable seemed to be born out when he entered the courtroom, giving the Nazi salute.  In 2011, Breivik murdered 77 people.

Sixty-nine people were murdered by Breivik when he opened fire on young people at the island of Utoeya, who were attending a centre-left political activist camp.  Earlier, he had planted car bombs in Oslo which killed eight people.

Since he was sentenced in 2012 he has been kept in solitary confinement.  He has a 21-year sentence.  He has appealed on human rights grounds as he does not see another prisoner for 22-23 hours a day.

His lawyer, Oystein Storrvik has stated that he is mentally vulnerable due to his conditions.

Last April part of his claim was upheld by a Norwegian court.  They did reject, however, that his family and private life was violated as he could have no contact with other right-wing extremists.

This week, the Norwegian government, who also pay his legal costs currently £31,600, began to appeal the court’s decision.

The basis of the argument is that the three cell prison complex where he can exercise, play video games and watch television is better than most other prisoners due to the solitary conditions.  Mr Sejersted, prosecutor said, “The core of the state’s view is very simple, there are no human rights violations.

“(He) has not broken down, he has not expressed remorse, he is proud of what he has done.  If anything, according to documentation, he is even more convinced in his extreme far-right beliefs.”

“It’s very difficult to know how dangerous Breivik is today and it’s even more difficult to know how dangerous he will be tomorrow, or in a year, or in 10 years.  But what is absolutely certain is that in the years leading up to July 22, 2011, he was the most dangerous man in Norway.”

Breivik will address the court on Thursday.

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