(London Post) Citing security concerns, a Norweigan court has said it will hear the murderer’s case against the government – but from prison. Breivik, serving a 21-year sentence, described the the facility’s conditions as “torture.”
In a landmark case that will test the practices of the country’s correctional system, Norwegian authorities have agreed to allow a human rights complaint by the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik to proceed.
Breivik sued the Norwegian government over his conditions in custody, which he describes as “torture.” He is being held in solitary confinement at the Skien prison in southern Norway.
The Oslo District Court had previously announced that the four-day trial – slated for mid-March – would be held at the prison facility due to security concerns.
“Practical considerations and security issues justify that the case be heard at the Skien prison,” the court ruled. It added that by having the trial at the prison, it would allow authorities to further examine the situation on site.
On July 22, 2011, Breivik killed eight people in a bomb attack outside a government building in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.
He later traveled to a youth camp on the island of Utoya being run by the left-wing Labor Party. There, he opened fire, killing 69 people, many of them teenagers.
The anti-Muslim militant cited his hatred for Norway’s multiculturalism as the basis for the attacks.
Breivik’s actions also inspired British citizen Mark Colborne’s plans to commit a terrorist attack against “non-Aryans.” Colborne was detained indefinitely under British mental health laws last month.
ls/msh (AP, AFP)