Norwegian Breivik says he will fight ‘to the death’ for Nazism

Norwegian mass murderer Breivik says in his lawsuit against Norwegian state that he will fight 'to the death' for Nazism

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik (L) seats by his lawyer Oystein Storrvik inside the court room in Skien prison, March 15, 2016.

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik said on Wednesday as he took the stand in his lawsuit against the Norwegian state that he will fight “to the death” for Nazism.

"I have fought for National Socialism for 25 years, and I will fight for it to the death," he said of the Nazi party's political doctrine.

The far-right extremist, who killed 77 people in a 2011 bombing and gun massacre, defiantly made a Nazi salute on the first day of proceedings on Tuesday but obeyed a judge's orders not to do so on Wednesday.

Norwegian authorities have refused to televise his testimony to prevent him sending coded messages to supporters and out of respect for survivors of his killing spree and victims' families.

Describing himself as a model prisoner, the 37-year-old charged that the state "has been trying to kill me for five years" by keeping him in isolation, which he described as "torture."

Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik (C) sits surrounded by prison guards after giving his statement at the court room in Skien prison, Norway March 16, 2016 / Photo by Reuters

Breivik spent much of his testimony elaborating his extremist ideology, but he also complained of drinking cold coffee and eating frozen meals heated in a microwave - a fate "worse than waterboarding" - and said he was suffering from "headaches," "apathy" and "insomnia."

His lawyer has previously argued that isolation has caused Breivik "clear damage," citing memory loss and an inability to focus on his political science studies.

Three hours were set aside for the court to hear Norway's most infamous inmate outline his prison conditions, which are considered more than comfortable by many.

Bullets to the head

Breivik is serving a maximum 21-year sentence - which can be extended if he is still considered dangerous - for killing eight people in a bombing outside a government building in Oslo and then murdering another 69, most of them teenagers, in a rampage at a Labour Youth camp.

His shooting spree on the island of Utoya lasted over an hour, as he methodically stalked and killed up-and-coming leaders of Labour, Norway's dominant political party, which he blamed for the rise of multiculturalism.

He has accused the state of breaching two clauses of the European Convention on Human Rights prohibiting "inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" and guaranteeing respect for "private and family life" and "correspondence."

Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has his handcuffs removed inside the court room in Skien prison, Norway March 16, 2016 / Photo by Reuters

The state's lawyers have argued that Breivik's conditions fall "well within the limits of what is permitted" under the convention.

Taking the stand for his first public statement since his sentencing in 2012, Breivik told the court he now adhered to a "non-violent" version of National Socialism, a statement bound to provoke many in a country occupied by the Nazis during World War II.

For security reasons, the case is being heard in the gymnasium of the Skien Prison in southern Norway where he is imprisoned.

'Exemplary' prisoner

Breivik made a series of demands to the court, indicating that he wanted to be allowed to receive uncensored letters, see other prisoners and receive visits from at least five friends and supporters.

He also wants the right to publish books.

He claimed to have been subjected to 885 strip-searches since his arrest, which he called "humiliating" and "senseless."

"It's understandable when it's justified, for example when it involves people who have a violent past or something like that, but I have been conducting myself in exemplary fashion for five years," Breivik said.

He has access to three cells - for sleeping, studying and physical exercise - as well as a television, a computer without Internet access, a games console, books and newspapers, and puzzles.

Breivik is also able to prepare his own food and do his own laundry, according to state representatives.

Yet he insisted Norwegian prison conditions "were the most inhuman in the western world."

"Nobody, I think, would be surprised that I'm tortured. Just look at Guantanamo Bay," he said.

In one moment that raised eyebrows, Breivik said his newfound fascination with a popular reality show was a sign of the damage inflicted by his prison conditions.

"After two years of isolation, I've started to love ‘Paradise Hotel,’ which is clear proof that I've got serious brain damage from the isolation," he said, as snickers were heard in the courtroom.

Some survivors were dismayed over the coverage of Breivik's remarks in the media.

"He shot me five times and killed my friends. The ridicule here on Twitter is perhaps drawing the focus away from what he actually did," Utoya survivor Viljar Hanssen tweeted.

"On a personal level I get provoked by hearing a mass murderer complain about cold coffee and brain damage from watching 'Paradise Hotel,'" Kjetil Stormark, head of Hate Speech International, told the Aftenposten newspaper.