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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.



Muslims form 'peace ring' around Oslo synagogue

More than 1,000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue yesterday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend.

Muslims took part in a show of solidarity with Norway's Jewish community. Credit: REUTERS/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix

Chanting "No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia," Norway's Muslims formed what they called a ring of peace a week after Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a Danish-born son of Palestinian immigrants, killed two people at a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen last weekend.

Zeeshan Abdullah, one of the organisers told the crowd: "Humanity is one and we are here to demonstrate that.

"There are many more peace mongers than warmongers. There’s still hope for humanity, for peace and love, across religious differences and backgrounds."

Norway's Jewish community is one of Europe's smallest, numbering around 1000, and the Muslim population, which has been growing steadily through immigration, is 150,000 to 200,000. Norway has a population of about 5.2 million.

Cruise liner resumes Norway tour after running aground

A cruise liner carrying hundreds of British passenger that ran aground in Norway has freed itself from the soft mud through high tides and its own engine power.

The 580ft Marco Polo ship later docked at a quay in Buksnesfjord and seemed to "function normally," rescue services said.

Marco Polo was chartered by British-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) and was carrying more than a thousand people when it ran aground in the Lofoten archipelago earlier today.

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