Mass killer Breivik to sue Norway over isolation

Anders Behring Breivik who murdered 77 people in 2011 will sue Norway over prison conditions

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Photo by: AP

Anders Behring Breivik.

The Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, who is serving a 21 year prison sentence for killing 77 people in a bomb and shooting attack in 2011, will sue to end his isolation term in prison, complaining that such hard conditions violate his human rights.

"There will be a court case about his prison conditions," Breivik's lawyer Oystein Storrvik said.

"We are arguing that his prison conditions are a breach of human rights. He has been held in isolation for four years" lawyer added.

On July 22, 2011, Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing eight people in a bomb attack outside a government building in Oslo and later killing another 69 people in a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utoya.

Prior to the attacks, Breivik prepared a 1,500-page manifesto in which he praised other far-right European nationalists and condemned what he called “Cultural Marxism,” or multiculturalism.

The Oslo District Court said on Friday that the case would be heard between March 15 and 18. It is unclear whether Breivik will appear before the court.

"We believe that his rights are being violated. He is isolated from the other inmates, from other people, and only has contact with health care workers and guards," Breivik's lawyer Oystein Storrvik told AFP.

Breivik had complained about prison conditions before, comparing it to torture and threatened to go on a hunger strike if his demands were not met, but his lawyer declared that due to the approaching date of Breivik’s human rights case in March, he will not be going on hunger strike.

"We are focusing on the court case now," Storrvik said. 

​The prison administration claims that Breivik was put in isolation due to the risk of him being attacked by other inmates, insisting that his prison conditions have not violated any European laws.

Breivik was originally sent to Ila Prison where he could watch television, use a PC without internet access and work out with gym equipment.

After his conviction however, Breivik was sent to Skien prison, where he had no computer access. In 2012, Breivik sent a letter to the prison’s administration demanding a cell with a view and for the PlayStation 2 provided to him to be upgraded to a PlayStation 3.

TRTWorld and agencies