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Breivik partly wins case over 'inhuman' prison treatment

Killer Anders Behring Breivik

Mass murderer Anders Breivik has partly won a court case in which he said he was the victim of human rights abuses in prison.

The 37-year-old killer argued his treatment in a Norwegian prison was "inhuman" and "degrading".

Breivik, who is serving 21 years in jail for the 2011 killing of 77 people, sued the Norwegian state over his treatment.

The prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment represents a fundamental value in a democratic society. This applies no matter what - also in the treatment of terrorists and killers.

– Judge Helen Andenaes Sekulic

The ruling said the Norwegian state had not violated Breivik's right to a private life and a family life, and ordered them to pay his legal fees of 331,000 Norwegian kroner (£28,200).

Commenting on the case after the verdict was delivered, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said: "[It's] a case that the Court and judicial authorities have the responsibility to treat."

"It's not a political issue at all. I believe that you should enjoy legal protection," she added.

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Norwegian island cut open in massacre victims tribute

An island in Norway is to be sliced open in a tribute to the 69 victims of far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 massacre.

Artist Jonas Dahlberg won a competition to design a memorial to the dead with his idea to cut a 3.5m-wide excavation through the Sobraten island, which is opposite the former holiday island where the killings took place.

The material excavated from the cut will be used to build another memorial in Oslo. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway

Judges said: "The void that is created evokes the sense of sudden loss combined with the long-term missing and remembrance of those who perished.

"The proposal is radical and brave, and evokes the tragic events in a physical and direct manner."

The memorial is representative of the "symbolic wound," judges said. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway
Visitors will be able to read the names of the dead engraved into the excavation. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway
The memorial will be opened to the public from July 2015. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway

In August 2012, Breivik was jailed for "as long as he is considered dangerous" by a Norwegian court.

Norway killer Breivik 'to study politics at university'

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik makes a gesture arriving in court in 2012. Credit: Reuters

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik will study political science modules at the University of Oslo whilst serving his 21-year jail sentence, the BBC reports.

The far-right extremist, 34, will have no direct contact with teaching staff, will not be allowed onto Oslo's campus and will not be awarded a degree.

The University's president said it had been a difficult decision to admit Breivik but all Norwegians citizens had a right to education.

"What it demonstrates is that our values are fundamentally different from his," he said.

Breivik killed 77 people in a bombing and mass shooting in July 2011.

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Fears neo-Nazi could 'carry out a violent act'

Police are searching the home of a Norwegian neo-Nazi for weapons and explosives, a source told Reuters.

Kristian Vikernes was arrested in France, where he now lives, after his wife bought four rifles.

"That was at the origin of the investigation ... There were several suspicions that made the services fear he could possibly carry out a violent act," a police official confirmed.

Neo-Nazi with connections to Anders Breivik arrested in France

A neo-Nazi linked to Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested in southwestern France after his wife bought four rifles, raising suspicions he could turn to violence, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.

Kristian Vikernes, who is also a convicted murderer from Norway, had in the past received a copy of a manifesto from Breivik, the office and media reports said.

Mass murderer Breivik bemoans prison conditions

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has released a 27-page letter bemoaning his conditions in prison.

The 33-year-old, who murdered 77 people in 2011, is currently serving a 21-year sentence.

In the letter he bemoaned the "800" strip searches he has had and the fact that he does not enjoy 'enough' social interaction.

According to the New York Times, Breivik is also not satisfied with his three-suite cell - which is fitted with a television and exercise equipment.

Breivik complains of 'inhumane' prison conditions

Anders Behring Breivik was sentenced to 21 years for killing 77 people in 2011 Credit: Press Association

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has written a 27-page letter detailing how he believes his prison conditions "breach his human rights", according to Norwegian newspaper VG.

In the letter Breivik complains his coffee is served cold, he is not given enough butter on his bread, and that he is unable to keep his moisturiser in his cell, which he believes is sparsely decorated and has no view.

33-year-old Breivik, jailed for killing 77 people in a mass shooting on the holiday island of Utoey in July last year, also complains that he is subject to strip searches and is unable to play video games.

Tord Jordet, one of his lawyers, confirmed the letter's authenticity to AFP. He said:

"He is aware that, taken separately, his grievances can seem unimportant, but taken together, they paint a grim picture."

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