Breivik sues Norway: prison in violation of European Convention

Anders Breivik sues Norway. As he argues, isolation in prison is contrary to human rights and contrary to the European Convention.

Anders Breivik, responsible for the murder of 77 people, is currently in Ringerike prison. The Norwegian believes that the punishment imposed on him is contrary to art. 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This is the second time Breivik has sued Norway for ‘human rights violations’.

“Difficult” prison conditions

Breivik’s lawyer, Oystein Storrvik, said the isolation “affected his client’s mental health.” He adds that Breivik is forced to take antidepressants “to survive” in prison, and that thoughts of suicide appear in his mind.

The murderer of 77 people complains about the conditions he has to live in. Currently, Breivik only has contact with prison staff and is allowed to spend two hours with other prisoners once every two weeks. It features a gym, a room with a TV and a games console. He also has a cage with three parrots and can play basketball, cook and go on sappers.

– There are no indications that he has mental or physical problems due to the conditions in prison – argues lawyer Andreas Hjetland.

In 2022, the attacker filed a request to shorten his sentence. The Norwegian court rejected it, but decided to transfer the prisoner from the Telemark facility to Ringerike. His lawyer, quoted by the Norwegian daily Aftenposten, spoke about Breivik’s situation in the new prison.

– There were better facilities. But over the past year his situation in Ringerike prison has deteriorated. We think this is a very unfortunate step back after so many years of isolation, Storrvik said at the time.

Attacks and verdict

On July 22, 2011, Anders Breivik committed two terrorist attacks. First he detonated a bomb in Oslo’s government district, killing eight people and injuring 209, including twelve seriously. He then shot dead 69 people and injured 110 on Utoya Island, where a Norwegian Workers’ Party youth camp was being held.

For his actions, Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison on August 24, 2012 – the highest possible sentence in Norway. Under Norwegian law, the court can decide to keep Breivik in prison after the sentence expires if it finds that he still poses a threat to society.


Source: Do Rzeczy