SKIEN, Norway (AP) — Norwegian mass assassin Anders Behring Breivik made a neo-Nazi salute as he walked right into a courtroom at a excessive-safety jail the place judges on Tuesday started reviewing a ruling that his solitary confinement is inhumane.
Wearing a darkish go well with, the bearded Breivik stared briefly at reporters whereas making the salute however didn’t converse.
Decide Oystein Hermansen requested Breivik to not repeat the salute, saying it insulted the dignity of the courtroom.
“It additionally disturbs what we’re coping with right here, so I ask you to not repeat it,” Hermansen stated, brushing apart makes an attempt by Breivik to defend his motion.
The 37-yr-previous proper-wing extremist, who killed seventy seven individuals in a bomb and capturing rampage in 2011, sued the federal government final yr, saying his solitary confinement, frequent strip searches and the truth that he was typically handcuffed in the course of the early a part of his incarceration violated his human rights.
However legal professionals representing the federal government stated he enjoys higher jail circumstances than some inmates in Norway.
The federal government is interesting a shock choice in April by the Oslo District Courtroom, which sided with Breivik’s claims that his isolation within the most-safety Skien jail breaches the European Conference on Human Rights.
The ruling stated “the prohibition of inhuman and degrading remedy represents a elementary worth in a democratic society. This is applicable it doesn’t matter what — additionally within the remedy of terrorists and killers.” It additionally ordered the federal government to pay Breivik’s authorized prices of 331,000 kroner ($forty one,000).
Nevertheless, it dismissed his declare that his proper to respect for personal and household life was violated by restrictions on contacts with different proper-wing extremists.
Talking for the state, Fredrik Sejersted stated the federal government’s view is that Breivik’s jail circumstances don’t violate his human rights in any precise or authorized sense.
Describing the killer as Norway’s costliest prisoner, Sejersted stated that “in some ways they’re higher than (these) of different prisoners to compensate for the truth that he can’t make contact with different inmates.”
“That’s removed from violating human rights,” he stated.
Breivik was convicted of mass homicide and terrorism in 2012 and given a 21-yr jail sentence that may be prolonged for so long as he’s deemed harmful to society. Authorized specialists say he’ll possible be locked up for all times.
He’s being held in isolation in a 3-cell complicated the place he can play video video games,…