assassin sues Norway over ‘excessive’ sentence

40 assassin sues Norway over ‘excessive’ sentence

Anders Behring Breivik is serving Norway’s longest sentence, 21 years, for killing 77 individuals in 2011

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has sued the state for violating his human rights by protecting him in “excessive” isolation, his lawyer, Oeystein Storrvik, instructed Reuters on Friday. 

He’s suing the state as a result of he has been in an excessive isolation for 11 years, and has no contacts with different individuals besides his guards,” Storrvik defined. 

Breivik is serving the longest sentence attainable underneath Norwegian legislation – 21 years – for killing 77 individuals in a mix mass capturing and truck bombing in July 2011 within the worst peacetime atrocity within the nation’s historical past.  Judges have the choice to increase his sentence if he’s deemed to be nonetheless a risk after that interval.

After serving the primary 9 years of his sentence in Skien jail and reportedly tiring of the monotony of his environment, Breivik was moved to Ringerike jail final 12 months, the place he stays underneath most safety situations – together with, based on his lawyer, solitary confinement. 

We hoped that there can be higher situations and that he may meet different individuals,” Storrvik lamented.

An appeals courtroom in 2017 overturned a decrease courtroom’s determination that the situations of Breivik’s confinement in a three-room cell violated his rights. In 2016, an Oslo courtroom had discovered separating him from different prisoners as a result of risk he allegedly posed amounted to “inhuman or degrading therapy or punishment.” 

The state maintained on the time that Breivik “nonetheless desires to encourage others” and thus should be saved from different prisoners and the skin world. Nonetheless, his dwelling situations are comparatively comfortable in comparison with the US, the place solitary cells are lower than 1 / 4 the dimensions of his personal three-cell suite. 

The convicted terrorist is permitted to play video video games, use the pc (with out web), work out with gymnasium tools, and skim books and newspapers, in addition to to review towards a level in political science. He’s even allowed to ship and obtain letters, although many of those find yourself censored if jail employees really feel they may incite hate crimes. 

Whereas Breivik utilized for parole final 12 months, his utility was rejected when the courtroom discovered he nonetheless posed a risk to society. The choose ruling he lacked empathy and compassion for his victims and had not modified since committing the surprising murders after he tried to defend his actions in gunning down dozens of mostly-teenage victims at a Labour Occasion youth camp on the island of Utoya, claiming most of these affected weren’t kids however individuals in “management positions.” 

Breivik’s newest lawsuit is anticipated to be heard in Oslo district courtroom subsequent spring, his lawyer stated.

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