Sunday 23 July 2017

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik 'did not have human rights violated by isolating him in jail' says Norway's top court

Anders Behring Breivik, centre, arrives for his appeal case (Lise Aaserud/NTB Scanpix via AP)
Anders Behring Breivik, centre, arrives for his appeal case (Lise Aaserud/NTB Scanpix via AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Norway's top court has rejected an appeal by mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, saying the country did not violate his human rights by isolating him in jail.

The Hoeyesterett court said it found "no basis" for a different conclusion than the one reached by the Borgarting Court of Appeal in January.

Breivik, serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in a 2011 bomb and shooting rampage, had claimed his solitary confinement has deeply damaged him and made him even more radical in his neo-Nazi beliefs.

Last year, the Norwegian government had appealed against a lower court ruling that Breivik's isolation in prison violates his rights.

He had also claimed the frequent strip searches and the fact that he was often handcuffed during the early part of his incarceration violated his human rights.

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