Request rejected: Anders Behring Breivik will not be released on parole

Anders Behring BreivikOle Berg-Rusten / NTB
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Anders Behring Breivik will not be released from prison, Telemark District Court ruled on Tuesday, after processing his request for parole.

Breivik applied for parole after serving a minimum of ten years in the 21-year preventive detention sentence he received for the terrorist attack on July 22, 2011.

The case took place two weeks ago. The prosecutor Hulda Karlsdottir went through all the victims of Breivik’s attack. The court heard about the 77 people who were killed and the many people who were injured in the attacks on the government quarter in Oslo and at the AUF’s summer camp on Utøya.

“The same Breivik”

Breivik testified in the case and argued that he was not responsible for the terrorist attacks. He claimed he was “brainwashed.”

However, the prosecutor stated that he was still the same Breivik who carried out the attacks. She described Breivik’s explanation and behavior in the trial as a PR stunt.

“The Breivik who asks the court for trust today is the same Breivik who destroyed the government quarter… He is the same person who lured young people onto Utøya, tricked them into believing that they would get help, and then shot them,” Karlsdottir said.

Conditions of imprisonment

She, therefore, asked the court not to grant Breivik parole. Breivik’s defense counsel, lawyer Øystein Storrvik, stated that the conditions of imprisonment make it difficult for the court to decide whether Breivik has proved worthy of the confidence required to receive parole.

He warned that the conditions of imprisonment could make Breivik more dangerous so that it might never be possible to release him.

“If a person is treated so badly that he becomes more and more dangerous during his imprisonment, he will never be released. Then the authorities will strengthen their argument that he must be kept in custody. It is a paradox in all custody cases,” he said.

In the trial, psychiatrist Randi Rosenqvist stated that Breivik had major and possibly unsolvable problems and that there was a danger that he could commit violence again.

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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