Norway court rejects Breivik bid for prison release

AFP - [email protected] • 1 Feb, 2022 Updated Tue 1 Feb 2022 16:53 CEST
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Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik (2nd L) sits next to his lawyer Oystein Storrvik (3rd L) as judge Helen Andenaes Sekulic (C) starts at a makeshift court in Skien prison’s gym on March 15, 2016 in Skien, some 130 km south west of Oslo, where is being held the lawsuit of Behring Breivik against the Norwegian state, which he accuses of violating his human rights by holding him in isolation. - Rightwing extremist Anders Behring Breivik is serving a maximum 21-year sentence for killing 77 people -- eight in a bomb attack outside a government building in Oslo and another 69, most of them teenagers, in a rampage at a Labour Youth camp on the island of Utoya in July 2011. (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP)

A Norwegian court on Tuesday rejected a request for parole from neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik 10 years after he was convicted of killing 77 people in the country's deadliest peacetime terror attack.

"There is a clear risk that (Breivik) will resume the behaviour that led to the July 22nd terrorist attacks," said the court in Norway's south-eastern region of Telemark, dismissing his request for conditional early release.

Breivik has never expressed any remorse for the attacks that left 77 people dead, and Tuesday's ruling was widely expected.

On July 22nd, 2011, the right-wing extremist set off a truck bomb near government offices in Oslo, killing eight people, before heading to the island of Utøya where, disguised as a police officer, he shot dead 69 others, mostly teens, attending a Labour Party youth-wing summer camp.

He said he killed his victims because they embraced multiculturalism.

Now aged 42, Breivik was in 2012 sentenced to 21 years in prison, Norway's harshest sentence which can be extended as long as he is considered a threat to society.

He was at the time ordered to serve a minimum of 10 years before he could request parole, which he did during a three-day hearing held last month.

While his chance of parole was minimal from the start, Breivik took advantage of his court appearances and the media attention they garnered to spread his ideological propaganda.

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AFP 2022/02/01 16:53

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