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.