Killer Breivik 'Shocked' by Own Prison Writings

Neo-Nazi says he's become 'more radical' as state appeals ruling that isolation is 'inhuman'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2017 7:58 AM CST
Killer Breivik 'Shocked' by Own Prison Writings
Anders Behring Breivik raises his right hand at the start of his appeal case in Skien, Norway, on Tuesday.   (Lise Aaserud/NTB Scanpix via AP)

Anders Behring Breivik says even he is "shocked by many of the things I have written" over the nearly six years he's spent in Skien prison for his 2011 massacre of 77 people. The Norwegian neo-Nazi says he's become "stranger" and "a lot more radical" since his crimes, but that's no reason to keep him isolated. In fact, Breivik says solitary confinement is to blame, per Reuters. "I've sat in a cell 23 hours a day" with no one to criticize or correct his ideas, Breivik said Thursday during a state appeal of a 2016 ruling that deemed Breivik's isolation "inhuman." But attorney general Fredrik Sejersted told a judge—who earlier received a Nazi salute from Breivik, per the Independent—that Breivik only hopes to spread his ideology to other inmates.

Solitary confinement keeps Breivik from doing just that. And though he's also subject to frequent strip searches, Brevik—described as Norway's most expensive prisoner—is still treated better than many other criminals, Sejersted says. He's kept in a three-room cell with a personal gym, TV, PlayStation, computer (but no Internet access), books and newspapers "to compensate for the fact that he cannot make contact with other inmates," says Sejersted. "That is far from violating human rights." Breivik's lawyer, however, says his client's isolated treatment not only violates the European Convention on Human Rights but has also made Brevik "mentally vulnerable," per the Local. A decision is expected next month. (More Anders Behring Breivik stories.)

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