Breivik deemed sane, sent to prison
Fri, 24 Aug 2012 8:22p.m.
Anders Behring Breivik has been declared sane and sentenced to prison for bomb and gun attacks that killed 77 people last year.
Reading the ruling, Judge Wenche Elisabeth Arntzen handed down a sentence of "preventive detention" of at least 10 years and a maximum of 21 years. However, such sentences can be extended under Norwegian law as long as an inmate is considered dangerous.
Breivik flashed a clenched-fist salute as he appeared in an Oslo court to receive his judgement.
Lawyers for the 33-year-old right-wing extremist said before the decision that Breivik would appeal any insanity ruling but accept a prison sentence.
Yesterday it was reported that if Breivik was found mentally fit, he will remain isolated, for now, in the high-security prison where he uses three 8-square-metre cells: a bed room, an exercise room and a study.
It's all about a philosophy of humane prison treatment and rehabilitation that forms the bedrock of the Scandinavian penal system.
"I like to put it this way: He's a human being. He has human rights. This is about creating a humane prison regime," said Ellen Bjercke, a spokeswoman for Ila Prison.
Dealing with an unrepentant killer responsible for Norway's worst massacre since World War II puts the system to, perhaps, its most challenging test yet.
During his trial, Breivik, 33, coolly described how he set off a car bomb that killed eight people and injured scores in Oslo's government district on July 22 last year. Then he unleashed a shooting rampage that left 69 people dead, mostly teenagers, at the summer camp of the governing Labor Party's youth wing. The youngest victim was 14.
In testimony that was deeply disturbing to the bereaved, the self-styled anti-Muslim militant said he was acting in defence of Norway by targeting the left-wing political party he accused of betraying the country with liberal immigration policies.
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27/08/2012 7:19:23 a.m.
Previously I said 20 years preventative. What was I thinking? 200 years preventative detention. To Gary, I know what you mean but this guy if he was let out too soon he'd probably do the same thing again.
26/08/2012 4:05:55 p.m.
What is it with everyone that only feel happy if the sentence was longer?? My point being that what ever the sentence the people remain dead the families lives remain shattered! I mean clearly this guy is not right in the head - yet they find him sane? WHY I guess because their laws can keep him in jail if they feel he is still a threat to society which clearly he will be. And that they judge all people as equal human beings to have the right to repent and show remorse. They also may want to try and learn what the causes are and what drives people to such extremes. So on that basis their laws could be much more advanced than US & NZ as that is the only way to improve. A commendable stance Norway its a pity US can't learn a thing or two I mean they have more crazy's than the rest of the world put together!
25/08/2012 6:14:51 p.m.
I'm outraged that he is only getting a maximum sentence of 21 years and preventative detention of 10. Should be 40 years preventative detention. The guy is a monster.
25/08/2012 8:12:26 a.m.
Cameron: It is Preventative...He will never get out. If he ever did, he would get a bullet to the head. He has killed too many, is making 'sane' choices and has zero remorse. IF he gets out, he WILL kill again. He won't be given that opportunity.
25/08/2012 1:10:43 a.m.
Just to be fair they should lock him up with another mass murder till hes on the receiving end.
77 people killed by him and zero doubt he did it, come on that money could have been spent on people who really need it, instead its going to be wasted on a scam bag like himself if there was ever a case where execute was a valid punishment this is it.
24/08/2012 11:25:09 p.m.
This is disgusting!! That sentence is no where near long enough! SEVENTY SEVEN PEOPLE! How is that enough justice for those grieving the deaths that didn't need to happen. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
24/08/2012 10:55:53 p.m.
77 lives in exchange of not-even a life-sentence, where is the justice
24/08/2012 10:42:14 p.m.
He abdicated his rights when he trampled over everyone else's. An unrepentant killer needs to be put down.
24/08/2012 10:15:38 p.m.
I was shocked to read he only gets "preventative detention" for 10 years, and a maximum of 21 years, for mercilessly slaughtering so many innocent young people. That's an immoral disgrace of a sentence. Shame on the Norway justice system.
24/08/2012 10:05:14 p.m.
10 years from now, he's gonna do the same thing. He is a psycho that needs to stay in prison for life.
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