Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik lost a human rights case on Wednesday (March 1) when an appeals court overturned a lower court verdict that his near-isolation in a three-room cell was inhuman. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.
Norway did not violate the human rights of mass killer Anders Breivik - an appeals court has ruled. It overturns a previous verdict that his near total isolation in a three-room cell was inhuman. Breivik, an anti-Muslim neo-Nazi, detonated a bomb in Oslo in July 2011 that killed eight people. He went on to gun down 69 people, many of them teenagers, at a meeting of the youth wing of the then-ruling Labour Party. The mass murderer last year sued to end his isolation from other inmates. In a surprise judgement, Oslo's district court ruled in his favour, declaring the conditions, including frequent strip searches, broke the European Convention on Human Rights. However, in its verdict the appeals court ruled against that. Saying in a statement Breivik "is not, and has not been, subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment." Survivors and relatives of the dead welcoming the verdict result. However, Breivik's lawyer says he will appeal to Norway's Supreme Court. If that fails, Breivik could appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. The killer is serving Norway's longest sentence, 21 years, which can be extended if he still considered a threat.