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Far-right Norwegian mass murderer Breivik seeks parole after 10 years in prison

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Far-right Norwegian mass murderer Breivik seeks parole after 10 years in prison

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Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik gave a Nazi salute on Tuesday as he appeared before a Norwegian court for a parole hearing which will decide whether he should be freed after spending more than a decade behind bars.

Breivik, a far-right extremist, killed 77 people in Norway’s worst peacetime atrocities in July 2011. He killed eight with a car bomb in Oslo, then shot dead 69, mostly teenagers , at a Labor Party youth camp.

Breivik, now 42, is serving Norway’s maximum 21-year sentence, which can be extended indefinitely if he is seen as a continuing threat to society.

The Telemark court in Skien, southwest of the capital, where Breivik is serving his sentence, will hear the case this week after the Oslo prosecutor’s office last year rejected Breivik’s request for early release.

“Our position is that it is necessary with (continued) confinement to protect society,” the prosecutor in charge, Hulda Karlsdottir, told Reuters.

Breivik’s lawyer, Øystein Storrvik, has argued that his client has the right to seek parole despite fears he is using the hearing as a platform to air his views.Ole Berg-Rusten / AFP-Getty Images

With a shaved head and wearing a dark suit, Breivik made a white supremacy sign with his fingers before raising his right arm in a Nazi salute to signal his far-right ideology as he entered the court.

Some fear he is using this week’s court appearance to vent anti-Muslim sentiments.

The proceedings will take place over a maximum of four days in a prison gymnasium converted into a makeshift courtroom, with a decision expected around a week later.

If his request for release is denied, Breivik, who changed his legal name to Fjotolf Hansen, can request a new probation hearing in a year, Karlsdottir said.

Breivik lost a human rights case in 2017 when an appeals court overturned a lower court ruling that his virtual solitary confinement in a three-room cell was inhumane.

The European Court of Human Rights rejected a subsequent appeal.

Far-right Norwegian mass murderer Breivik seeks parole after 10 years in prison

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