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‘Normal’ day in prison for Breivik

While most of his fellow Norwegians were honouring the memory of all the people he killed on July 22 a year ago, confessed right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik reportedly was spending “a normal Sunday” at the prison where’s being held west of Oslo.

Breivik’s defense attorney Geir Lippestad told newspaper Dagsavisen that his client had been looking forward to quiet days at the prison after his 10-week trial concluded last month. “He thinks it was exhausting and demanding to get through the court case, and looked forward until it was over and he could have some quiet days,” Lippestad told Dagsavisen.

Breivik is being kept in the equivalent of solitary confinement and has no contact with other prisoners, mostly for reasons relating to his own security. He has, though, three cells he can use – one for sleeping, one for working with a PC and one with exercise equipment – and he’s allowed one trip into an outdoor area every day.

Knut Bjarkeid, director at the high-security Ila Prison in Bærum, called July 22 “a completely normal Sunday” at the prison. Breivik has confessed to murdering 77 persons and injuring more than 250 others in his bombing and shooting spree. A verdict on whether he’ll be sentenced to a prison term or committed to psychiatric care will be delivered on August 24. He’ll likely be kept at Ila Prison either way, because no psychiatric hospital in Norway meets the security standards deemed necessary.

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