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Mass killer Breivik loses Norway Human Rights Case

A court ruled on Thursday that mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik of Norway was unsuccessful in his attempt to be released from prison isolation.

The far-right fanatic sued the state in January, claiming his jail circumstances breached his human rights. The fanatic killed 77 people in 2011 after a bombing and shooting rampage.

A statement released with the decision stated, “The Oslo District Court has determined that Breivik’s sentencing conditions are not a violation of human rights after conducting an overall assessment.”

The maximum punishment available at the time of Breivik’s crimes, 21 years, is already being served, but it might be increased for as long as he is thought to pose a threat to society.

He has been held in isolation ever since he killed eight people with a car bomb in Oslo and gunned down 69 others, most of them teenagers, on Utoeya island, on July 22, 2011.

The case took place in January at Breivik’s high-security prison, set on the shore of the Tyrifjorden lake, where Utoeya also lies.

Breivik testified he was sorry for what he had done and broke down in tears as he said his life in prison isolation was a nightmare that left him considering suicide daily.

Yet, a day later, a psychologist who co-wrote a fresh risk assessment about the killer testified he was neither depressed nor suicidal and was doing “very well”.

“In summary, the court has come to the conclusion that the sentencing conditions cannot be said to be, or to have been, disproportionately burdensome,” said the verdict.

Breivik’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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