Court ruling in Breivik’s favor – Norway will appeal

Anders Breivik’s Human rights are being violated in prison according to The Oslo District Court who sided with the convicted terrorist’s claims that spending between 22 and 23 hours per day in isolation in the Skien prison is a violation under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits “inhuman or degrading” punishment according to a report by The Local in Norway.

Breivik claimed at a hearing into his lawsuit in Mars that his almost five-year isolation confinement violated the European Convention on Human Rights. The court agreed with the far-right extremist, saying that the conditions – which include games consoles, workout machines and three cells at his disposal for his various activities – violated his rights.

Breivik is serving a maximum 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in total on July 22nd, 2011. A bomb he planted outside a government building in Oslo killed eight and then he went on to shoot and kill another 69, mostly teenagers, at a Labor Youth camp on the island of Utøya. The sentence can be extended if he is still considered dangerous.

The state of Norway will appeal the ruling according to Justice Minister Anders Anundsen who said “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,”

However, the court ruled against the domestic terrorist on his claim that the strict controls on his correspondence also amounted to a violation of Article 8, which guarantees the right to a private life. His lawyer, Øystein Storrvik, said Breivik would not appeal against the Article 8 ruling.