A court hearing on whether a Norwegian mass-murderer and right-wing extremist should be released early from jail ended on Thursday, with a verdict due in February. Convict Anders Behring Breivik was described during the hearing as still a menace to society, both inside and outside prison.
Prosecutor Hulda Karlsdottir stressed expert testimony during the hearing that Breivik is just as dangerous today as he was 10 years ago, when he bombed Norway’s government headquarters in Oslo and then gunned down scores of mostly young Labour Party members at their summer camp on July 22, 2011. Breivik had killed 77 people before police could finally end his rampage.
Karlsdottir claimed that he’s now using his legal right to seek early release to grab more attention and promote his racist agenda. He has never expressed any regrets for his bombing and massacre, claiming instead that he’d been “brainwashed” at the time. He also distanced himself from violence and terror, adding that he thinks he can now “be a Nazi without being militant.”
He’s been branded as a psychopath utterly void of empathy and now living in his own bubble in prison, where he’s been kept in a specially designed three-room cell for his own safety. Prison officials have described him as difficult, protesting his incarceration in one case by smearing a swastiska on one of his room’s walls with his own feces.