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Anders Behring Breivik, Norway murderer, wins human rights case

Breivik’s human rights have been violated during his imprisonment for terrorism and mass murder, a court has ruled

BBC reports:a court in Oslo ruled Wednesday that Norwegian authorities have violated mass killer’s human rights by holding him in solitary confinement in a three-cell complex where he can play video games, watch TV and exercise. Breivik’s lawyers claimed that some of his treatment amounted to "inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment".

“Breivik, a right-wing extremist, killed dozens of young centre-left political activists in an attack on the island of Utoya in July 2011. Earlier that day, he set off a car bomb in the capital, Oslo, killing eight people,” continues the author of the article.

Judge Helen Andenaes Sekulic stated in her ruling that no person, whether it is a terrorist or a killer, should be subjected to inhuman treatment, thus representing "a fundamental value in a democratic society". Breivik had challenged the government over his solitary confinement, which saw him kept alone in his cell for 22 to 23 hours a day, denied contact with other inmates and only communicating with prison staff through a thick glass barrier.

The judge said, that Breivik’s prison regime, which included isolation from other prisoners, frequent strip searches and the fact that he was often handcuffed while moving between the three cells, was so severe that it had to be considered an extra punishment. "Taken together with the other stringent restrictions which he was subject, this was regarded as degrading treatment in the Convention sense," added the judge.

 Breivik is also entitled to receive about $41,000 from Norwegian government for his legal expenses. Te state lawyer did not elaborate on whether the surprising decision will be a subject for appellation. If neither side appeals against the judgement within four week, the prison is obliged to make Breivik's prison regime more lenient in line with the judge's remarks.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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