European human rights court rejects appeal by Norwegian mass killer

Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik loses human rights court appeal against ‘inhumane’ prison conditions where he is serving a 21-year sentence for the massacre of 77 people

  • Claimed near-isolation in three-room cell was inhuman and degrading treatment
  • The European Court of Human Rights said application ‘manifestly ill-founded’
  • Norway argues that conditions are warranted given that he is unrepentant 
  • Breivik’s only contacts are with lawyers, guards and mental health professionals 

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has lost his legal claim that his near-isolation in prison amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment.

Breivik, who has legally changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen, killed 77 people in a car bombing in central Oslo and shooting spree on Utoeya island in 2011, the worst act of violence in the Nordic country since World War Two.

The European Court of Human Rights said it ‘rejected the application as inadmissible for being manifestly ill-founded’ adding that: ‘The decision is final.’

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Extremist mass murderer Anders Breivik gave a Nazi salute in court in 2017 as the Norwegian government appealed a ruling that he has been treated inhumanely in prison

The 39-year-old is serving at least 21 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a Norwegian court 

Breivik, an anti-Muslim right-wing fanatic, says his near-isolation in a three-room cell violates a ban on inhuman or degrading treatment and runs contrary to a right to privacy and family life under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Oslo district court agreed with him in a 2016 ruling, but it was overturned by an appeals court in March 2017. Norway’s Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal in the case.

Norway says that draconian measures, including hundreds of strip searches and no contact with other inmates, are justified for an unrepentant 39-year-old far-right extremist who could be attacked by other prisoners.

Breivik is serving Norway´s longest sentence – 21 years with the possibility of an extension. His only contacts are lawyers and professionals such as guards and health workers.

Breivik’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment. 

Breivik drove to the island of Utoya (pictured) where he opened fire on the annual summer camp of the left-wing Labour Party’s youth wing

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