State files appeal in the Breivik case

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State officials have filed their appeal of a city court ruling this spring that partially upheld mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik’s claim that his human rights are being abused in prison. The state firmly disagrees that his prison terms violate the European Human Rights Convention, Article 3.

Prosecutor Marius Emberland addressed each point of the lower court’s ruling in the 16-page appeal. The state argues that Breivik, who killed 77 people on July 22, 2011,  must be held under the highest security conditions but that they are neither “inhuman” nor degrading, as Breivik claimed.

“On the contrary, during the nearly five years since his arrest, he has been held under a humane and responsible regime,” Emberland wrote in the appeal. The case is due to come up in court again this fall. staff