Norway mass murderer Breivik will appeal to European Court of Human Rights about ‘inhumane’ prison conditions
Government says he is treated humanely despite the severity of his crimes
Norway’s Supreme Court said Thursday it would not hear neo-Nazi mass murderer Anders Breivik’s case over his “inhumane” prison conditions, a case he said he will now take to the European Court of Human Rights.
The ruling by Norway’s highest court brings an end to Breivik’s legal challenges in the Scandinavian country. An Oslo appeals court in March found the Norwegian state not guilty of violating the rights of the rightwing extremist, a ruling that now stands.
“None of the elements in the Breivik appeal have any perspective of winning before the Supreme Court,” the court said in a statement.
But Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011, immediately said he would go to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
“We’re going to take the case to Strasbourg as soon as possible,” Breivik’s lawyer Oystein Storrvik said. “We’ve always been prepared for the possibility that our case before the Norwegian courts may not succeed.”
Breivik considers that his isolation in prison, where he is kept apart from other inmates, violates Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits “inhumane” and “degrading” treatment.
The now 38-year-old inmate - who has three cells at his disposal in the high-security prison where he is held -- is serving a 21-year prison sentence that can be extended indefinitely.
He can play video games, watch TV and exercise. He has also complained about the quality of the prison food, having to eat with plastic utensils and not being able to communicate with sympathisers.
The government had said he is treated humanely despite the severity of his crimes.
In July 2011 Breivik, disguised as a police officer, tracked and gunned down 69 people, most of them teenagers, at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utoya, shortly after killing eight people in a bombing outside a government building in Oslo.
Agence France-Presse, Associated Press