Norway’s Way? or No Way?

Norway Violated Rights of Anders Behring Breivik, Mass Killer, Judge Rules – The New York Times

CreditLise Asreud/Scanpix, via Reuters

Anders Behring Breivik on March 18, the last day of a court hearing about the conditions of his confinement in a prison in Skien, Norway.

OSLO — Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in 2011, lives in conditions that would seem luxurious by American incarceration standards: a three-room suite with windows that includes a treadmill, a fridge, a television with DVD player and even a Sony PlayStation.
But on Wednesday, a Norwegian court found that the government had violated his human rights, concluding that his long-term solitary confinement posed a threat to his mental health. Mr. Breivik has virtually no contact with other inmates and is subjected to frequent strip searches and searches of his cell. At a trial in March, he argued that his isolation amounted to torture.


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