“Following the professional advice of the Office of the Attorney General and in cooperation with the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service, I have today requested the Attorney General to appeal against the decision,” Justice Minister Anders Anundsen said on Tuesday.
The Oslo District Court last week sided with the convicted terrorist's claims that spending between 22 and 23 hours each day in isolation in the Skien prison violates his human rights under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits “inhuman or degrading” punishment.
“The court… has concluded that the prison conditions constitute inhuman treatment,” the Oslo District Court said in a written statement, noting that the rightwing extremist had been held in isolation for almost five years.
On Tuesday, the state said it would fight the decision on the grounds that it disagreed with both the court's interpretation and the evidence presented in the case.
Although Anundsen announced Norway's intention to appeal against the decision, the formal appeal has not yet been formulated or submitted. The state said it would file the paperwork within the 30-day deadline.