Anders Breivik: Norway says mass murderer still a threat, seeking to inspire Nazi-style fascist revolution

Anders Breivik: Norway says mass murderer still a threat, seeking to inspire Nazi-style fascist revolution

Anders Breivik: Norway says mass murderer still a threat, seeking to inspire Nazi-style fascist revolution

Updated 12 January 2017, 8:35 AEDT

Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is still a threat and ever-more convinced by his Nazi-style ideology, Norway's Attorney-General says in defending Breivik's near-isolation in jail after a court rules the conditions breach his rights.

Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is still a threat and ever-more convinced by his Nazi-style ideology, Norway's Attorney-General said in defending Breivik's near-isolation in jail after a court ruled the conditions breached his rights.

Key points:

  • Attorney-general urges appeal judges to overturn Breivik's isolation appeal
  • Breivik is currently serving 21 years with no contact with other prisoners
  • Psychiatrists say "conspiratorial" Breivik seeking contact to form fascist party
  • Breivik killed 77 people, mostly teenagers, in shootings and a bombing in 2011

Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011 in the Nordic nation's worst peacetime atrocity, still believed in a fascist revolution led by white supremacists, Attorney-General Fredrik Sejersted said.

He urged the three appeal court judges to overturn a ruling in April 2015 by a lower Oslo court that Breivik's isolation from other prisoners violated a ban on "inhuman and degrading treatment" under the European Convention on Human Rights.

A psychiatrist's assessment written in December 2016 said Breivik "is more conspiratorial", wanted contact in jail with other extreme right-wingers and to form a fascist party with radicals on the outside.

It also said he was more convinced his ideas were right and that others' were wrong.

"He still wants to inspire others," Mr Sejersted told the high-security appeal hearing in a converted gym in Skien jail where Breivik is being held.

"He still believes in a fascist revolution."

Breivik made a flat-handed Nazi-style salute at the start of the hearing on Tuesday, which prompted a rebuke from the judge.

On Wednesday, Breivik sat grim-faced and often shook his head in disagreement as Mr Sejersted spoke.

He is serving Norway's longest sentence — 21 years with the possibility of extension.

Survivors, victims' relatives trying to move on: spokeswoman

On July 22, 2011, Breivik killed eight people with a car bomb outside the prime minister's office in Oslo and then gunned down 69 others on an island near the capital, many of them teenagers attending a youth camp of Norway's then-ruling Labour Party.

Mr Sejersted defended restrictions on Breivik that mean he has no contact with other prisoners but is compensated with a special three-room cell with a training room, newspapers, a video game console and a television.

Last year the Oslo court ruled he was wrongly kept in a "locked world" for 22-23 hours a day, allowed out only for exercise in a yard.

He has no contact with others except for professionals such as guards, health personnel and his lawyers.

Mr Sejersted said the use of handcuffs and strip searches had been sharply reduced from the early years.

Many survivors and relatives of the victims are trying to move on and ignore Breivik.

A spokeswoman for their main support group said they were following the proceedings but had decided not to comment.

Reuters