The European Court of Human Rights won’t hear an appeal by Norwegian right-wing extremist and convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. The court in Strasbourg branded Breivik’s complaint that his prison conditions in Norway were inhumane as being “manifestly ill-founded.”
Breivik, who has changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen, had appealed to the court in Strasbourg after Norway’s own highest court found no violations of his rights under Article 3 (prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading torture) or Article 8 (right to privacy and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The European Court of Human Rights, which functions as a court of last resort for those who feel they’ve been wrongly judged in their home countries, found the complaint filed by “the applicant, whose previous name was Anders Behring Breivik” to be “inadmissable.” It stated in a press release Thursday morning that its examination of the case did not reveal any violatons of the European Convention on Human Rights, in line with the Norwegian high court’s decision.
Breivik/Hansen was convicted in August 2012 of killing 77 people and wounding 42 others in twin attacks on the Labour-led Norwegian government at the time and the Labour Party’s youth summer camp. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison under special terms aimed at protecting society that are expected to keep him in custody for life.
Victims and survivors of his attacks on July 22, 2011 have repeatedly complained that his court appearances and the publicity they generate have been an extra burden on them. He has also used them to further his white supremacy campaign to halt immigration to Norway, drawing rebukes from courtroom judges and editorial writers who have called his lawsuits “a judicial farce.” He’s been accused of using the courts to ease the boredom of his confinement, which involved construction of specially built cells to house Norway’s worst murderer since World War II. Prison officials have claimed that the isolation in which he’s been held and complained about is largely aimed at protecting him from other prisoners.