Breivik/Hansen takes his case to Strasbourg

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Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who now uses the name Fjotolf Hansen, has appealed the terms of his confinement to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The young ultra-right wing terrorist who killed 77 people on July 22, 2011, 69 of whom were young summer campers shot at close range on the island of Utøya, contends that his isolation violates his human rights. Breivik/Hansen’s defense attorney claims in the appeal that there is great danger he’ll suffer mental health problems because of his lack of contact with other prisoners.

Prison officials have argued that Breivik’s isolation is for his own security as well as that of others. He has been allowed increasing contact with prison officials and other selected visitors including volunteers, but his complaint to the Court of Human Rights maintains such contact is not “meaningful.”

Breivik lost his case at the appeals court level in Norway and then the country’s Supreme Court (Høyesterett) refused to hear it. It remained unclear whether the Court of Human Rights would agree to hear the terrorist’s latest appeal in his string of complaints about his imprisonment that already had cost taxpayers more than NOK 1.5 billion in attorney’s fees as of January.

newsinenglish.no staff