Mass killer Breivik makes Nazi salute as he sues Norway for 'inhuman treatment'

The militant right winger is appearing in public for the first time since his 2012 trial


Reuters March 15, 2016
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NORWAY: Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik made a Nazi salute at the start of a court case on Tuesday in which he is accusing the Norwegian state of inhuman treatment by keeping him in isolation after he massacred 77 people in 2011.

The far right militant appeared in public for the first time since his 2012 trial. In that time, he has had just one visitor, his mother, who was allowed into prison and gave him a hug shortly before she died of cancer in 2013.

Wearing a black suit, white shirt and golden tie, the 37-year-old raised his right arm in a Nazi salute as he arrived. He did not say anything. He had shaven off a beard and short blond hair from the previous trial.

Treatment of Norway mass murderer Breivik worrying: rights pointman

Breivik, 37, will argue that his isolation in Skien jail violates a ban on "inhuman and degrading treatment" under the European Convention on Human Rights.

"He wants contact with other people," his lawyer, Oeystein Storrvik, told reporters before the March 15-18 trial. The case will be heard in a converted gym at the gray, concrete Skien jail, south of Oslo, where Breivik is being held.

Oslo's office of the Attorney General says there is no case to answer, saying in pre-trial documents: "there is on evidence that the plaintiff has physical or mental problems as a result of prison conditions".

The judge's verdict - there is no jury - will be issued in coming weeks. Breivik killed eight people with a bomb in Oslo on July 22, 2011, and gunned down 69 others on an island nearby, many of them teenagers. He is serving Norway's maximum sentence of 21 years, which can be extended.

In prison he has a three-room cell with a television and a computer but no Internet access. He is allowed out into a yard for exercise. He only meets guards and medical personnel - even Storrvik has to speak to him through glass.

Norwegian authorities note that in a manifesto about his anti-Muslim views, Breivik wrote that "prisons are considered an ideal arena for which to recruit for political purposes." And other inmates might attack him.

Storrvik said one sign of Breivik's suffering was inability to concentrate on university studies he began by correspondence course last year.

Anders Behring Breivik — a home-grown monster

Storrvik might take the case to the European Court of Human Rights if he fails in Norwegian courts.

In 2014, the court sanctioned Turkey, for instance, for inhuman treatment of Abdullah Ocalan, founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party, by keeping him in isolation for a decade until 2009.

By contrast, in France, jailed guerrilla mastermind Carlos the Jackal lost a complaint of inhuman treatment in 2005. The court ruled he had access to family and lawyers, even though he was segregated from other prisoners.

COMMENTS (2)

Bunny Rabbit | 5 years ago | Reply He needs therapy .
Gøril Onarheim | 5 years ago | Reply I am a proud Norwegian today.....to see that our justice system works for EVERYBODY....the law is equal. And I will be more proud the day he looses...because that will show the world that also our prison system is equal for EVERY criminal. We are NOT happy to see him getting media covering 24/7............but we can all be proud (and angry) Norwegians today...our systems work....even for the worst monster we have ever seen up here north. <3 <3 #21/7 #utoya #equal #freedom
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