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JULY 22ND

Norway court rejects Breivik bid for prison release

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.

A 2016 file photo taken during an earlier court proceeding involving Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik.
A 2016 file photo taken during an earlier court proceeding involving Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik. Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP

“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.

READ ALSO: Norwegian court told Breivik as dangerous now as a decade ago

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JULY 22ND

Norwegian court told Breivik as dangerous now as a decade ago

Anders Behring Breivik, who is seeking conditional release just 10 years after carrying out Norway's deadliest peacetime attack, poses the same danger to society as a decade ago, a psychiatrist said in court Wednesday.

Far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.
A psychiatrist said Wednesday that Breivik, pictured in court in 2016, poses the same danger to society as he did a decade ago. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

A psychiatrist has said that terrorist Anders Behring Breivik poses the same danger to society as he did a decade ago on the second day of his parole hearing

“The risk of future acts of violence has not changed since 2012 and 2013 when I did my first evaluations,” Randi Rosenqvist, who has conducted several assessments of Breivik over the past decade, told his parole hearing.

READ MORE: Breivik seeks parole from Norwegian court decade after July 22nd attacks

Neo-Nazi Breivik was sentenced in 2012 to 21 years in prison, which can be extended as long as he is considered a threat.

He has argued at his parole hearing that he has distanced himself from violence and wants to be released after serving the minimum court-ordered 10 years.

Breivik still suffers from “asocial, histrionic, and narcissistic” personality disorders, Rosenqvist told the Telemark district court. She was speaking on the second day of the hearings, which for security reasons are being held in the gymnasium of the Skien prison where he is incarcerated.

On July 22, 2011, the far-right terrorist set off a truck bomb near the government offices in Oslo, killing eight people, before killing 69 others, mostly teens, at a Labour youth wing summer camp on the island of Utøya.

The testimony by Rosenqvist, the only psychiatrist called to the bar during the parole hearing, is considered key in determining whether Breivik will be paroled, which most experts believe very unlikely at this stage.

Breivik sat calmly throughout Wednesday’s hearing, but shook his head at times while Rosenqvist was speaking.

His request for early release has upset families of the victims and survivors, who feared he would use the hearings, broadcast live by several media, to spread his ideological propaganda.

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