Norway prison to hire 'friends' to play chess and hockey with Breivik
NORWAY’S Ila prison will hire trained 'friends' to keep confessed mass killer Anders Breivik company, as he is deemed too dangerous to mingle with ordinary prisoners.
"It could be anything from a team for indoor hockey to people who are willing to play chess with him," Knut Bjarkeid, director of the Ila prison, told Norway's Verdens Gang newspaper.
He said that a "professional community" was necessary because the Norwegian prison service was not willing to inflict years of isolation on Breivik, and he might try to seize other inmates if allowed to mingle with them.
"Many of the initiatives around Breivik are designed to prevent hostage-taking,' he explained. "This makes it impossible to provide normal contact with others." Mr Bjarkeid said that Breivik's calm demeanour in prison and in court had not led the authorities to see him as a lesser threat. "He is a soldier in phase three of his own war. He still behaves exactly as he himself has described in his manifesto." The 33-year-old extremist is likely to spend at least the next 21-years at the jail, regardless of the verdict.
He already confesses to killing 77 people in his gun and bomb massacre last July. If he is ruled insane, his quarters will be described as a secure mental ward; if sane, a prison.
With nearly a month to go until the verdict, construction of a new personal wing is already nearing completion at the site on the outskirts of Oslo.
Norway's lavishly funded, liberal prisons have come under world scrutiny since Breivik's attacks, with some arguing that prisons like Bastoy, where prisoners have the key to their own rooms, and access to a sauna, a nice beach and woods, are essentially holiday camps for criminals.
But Norwegians argue that the system works, with only 20pc of prisoners reoffending, compared to 50pc to 60pc in the UK.