The judge will probably crack down on attempts by Anders Behring Breivik on conducting political propaganda from the witness box. Tuesday he is back in the spotlight after four years in isolation.
Again, the international press corps gathered, and again camera lenses, microphones and flash lights were directed at Anders Behring Breivik. Not since he, almost four years ago, was sentenced to 21 years of detention for the attacks on July 22, has the public seen anything of him.
On Tuesday the court will be in session in Skien prison and the case will be tried by Oslo District Court. This time Breivik is not indicted, he is bringing a lawsuit against the state. This means that it is he and his legal representative, lawyer Øystein Storrvik, who will be making the first opening statements, as prosecutors do in criminal cases.
– If Breivik brings up particular topics to promote political ideology or says something offensive, then it is natural that the judge intervenes, judge Ina Strømstad in judges’ media group, says to the news agency NTB.
Helen Andenæs Sekulic will be the judge and administrator. Unlike criminal cases, there are no lay judges in civil cases, so she will be the only judge. Sekulic did not want to be interviewed ahead of the case.
Breivik writes in his manifesto that litigation is brilliant for propaganda purposes, something he tried to practice even when the criminal case went to trial. Breivik made a right-wing greeting when he arrived in the courtroom, talked for hours about the political basis for his terrorist acts and he wanted to dress up in a self-composed, uniform-like clothing.
No one knows to what extent the terrorist sentenced 37-year-old is going to take advantage of the renewed attention to try to spread his extreme right-wing propaganda – through gestures, clothing or other ways. He will explain in about three hours when he Wednesday morning takes the witness stand to give his views on the strict prison conditions and any insulation damage he has suffered in prison.
– We must be prepared that he, for example, can come with a greeting gesture, as we saw during the criminal proceedings. If this happens before the court is in session, there is not much the judge can do. It is natural that other people intervene, Stromstad said.
Attorney Storrvik was not available when NTB tried to contact him. . Anders Behring Breivik, is a Norwegian right extremist convicted of planning and execution of terrorist attacks in Oslo and on Utøya 22. July 2011, where a total of 77 people were killed.He has brought a lawsuit against the Norwegian state, alleging that having to serve his time in isolation constitutes a violation of human rights.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today