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Norwegian mass murderer Breivik in court in appeals case

By Associated Press
Norwegian mass murderer Breivik in court in appeals case
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik makes a Nazi salute as he arrives to a makeshift court in Skien prison’s gym on March 15, 2016 in Skien, some 130 km south west of Oslo, for his lawsuit against the Norwegian state, which he accuses of violating his human rights by holding him in isolation. ( JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP)

SKIEN, Norway — A Norwegian court is reviewing a government appeal against a ruling that it treated mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik inhumanely by placing him in solitary confinement and restricting his movements.

In a surprise ruling last year, the Oslo District Court ruled that the isolation of 37-year-old right-wing extremist, who killed 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage in 2011, breaches the European Convention on Human Rights.

The government has maintained that Breivik, who is serving 21-year prison sentence, is treated humanely despite the severity of his crimes and that he must be separated from other inmates for safety reasons.

The appeals case opens Tuesday in a makeshift courtroom in Skien prison in southern Norway, where Breivik is incarcerated. Six days have been reserved for the hearings.

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