Court to decide if Norway’s deadliest killer should be released — Analysis
Anders Breivik, a terrorist conviction, could receive an early release upon his application for parole
A parole hearing for Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik is set to take place this week, more than ten years after he killed 77 people and injured hundreds more in Norway’s deadliest attack since World War II.
Breivik’s parole hearing will take place on Tuesday at Nedre Telemark District Court in Skien. Breivik – an avowed far-right extremist who has been photographed making Nazi salutes at previous court appearances – will be able to apply for another parole hearing next year if this year’s bid is unsuccessful.
Hulda Karlsdottir, the Prosecutor of Hulda Karlsdottir, told Reuters they would argue “it is necessary”Breivik must be held in continuous confinement “to protect society.”
Breivik has only served roughly half of his 21 year sentence – the maximum a criminal can be given in Norway – though if he is found to still be a threat at the end of the sentence, Breivik could be kept behind bars indefinitely.
In August, when Breivik’s parole hearing was announced, Karlsdottir explained that the “central question for the court during the hearing will be whether there is an imminent danger” of Breivik committing more violent crimes.
After he had murdered 77 victims in two terrorist domestic attacks, Breivik received 21 years imprisonment in August 2012.
Breivik set off a bomb at Jens Stoltenberg’s Oslo office, detonating it, and killing eight. Breivik moved on to Viken’s Labour Party youth camp, killing 69 others.
Brenton Tarrant killed 51 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, during the attack.
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