by Amna El Tawil
Anders Breivik, a Norwegian far-right terrorist who killed 77 people, has given a Nazi salute to the court that is to decide whether his human rights were violated in the prison. After all; a man who didn’t respect other people’s rights had the decency to complain that someone mistreated him.
The government in Norway is trying to overturn the verdict that it violated the extremist’s human rights by keeping him in isolation. An Oslo District Court judge stated that the country had violated a ban on inhuman and degrading treatment.
When appeared in the courtroom, Breivik gave a Nazi salute but didn’t speak. Then, judge Oystein Hermansen asked him not to repeat the salute and added: “It also disturbs what we are dealing with here.”
Anders Breivik sued the government last year. He argued that his solitary confinement, frequent strip searches and the fact that he was often handcuffed during the early part of his incarceration violated his human rights. But lawyers representing the government said that he enjoys better prison conditions than some inmates in Norway. They also warned that he remains a threat and should continue to be held in solitary confinement.
Also, the government is appealing the shocking Oslo Court District’s decision wherein they sided with the mass murderer. Speaking for the state, Fredrik Sejersted said the government’s view is that Breivik’s prison conditions don’t violate his human rights. That’s primarily because Breivik is, in fact, Norway’s most expensive prisoner and has better condition than other inmates to compensate the fact that he can’t make contact with others.
This isn’t the first time he gives Nazi salute or shocks others in any way. For instance, during one of court hearings, he admitted that his only regret was not killing more people.