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Mass killer Anders Breivik reprises Nazi salute

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 15/03/2016 Nicole Hensley


Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik began his human rights trial with a Nazi salute Tuesday — his first public appearance since the Norwegian government locked him up for slaying 77 people in 2011.

The 37-year-old anti-Muslim militant — now sporting a shaved head — repeated his white supremacist gesture at the Skien prison after making a similar remorseless salute — but with a closed fist — during his murder trial.

He made the salute while staring down journalists observing his return to court after accusing the government of violating the European Convention by holding him in isolation for nearly five years.

“He wants contact with other people,” Breivik’s attorney Oeystain Storrvik told Reuters.

He pledged to kill himself through a hunger strike in October 2015, but the threat proved empty since he appeared alive and well at the start of his four-day bench trial inside the prison’s gymnasium.

Anders Behring Breivik gestures a Nazi salute as he enters a courtroom in Skien, Norway, for a human rights trial against the Norwegian government. - Lise Aserud/AP © Lise Aserud/AP Photo Anders Behring Breivik gestures a Nazi salute as he enters a courtroom in Skien, Norway, for a human rights trial against the Norwegian government. The trial will thrust Breivik into the public eye for the first time since 2012, when a judge slapped the confessed killer with a 21-year prison sentence for two terrorist attacks. He killed eight people in an Oslo bombing and 69 people during a mass shooting at a Labour Party summer camp on July 22, 2011.

At the high-security facility east of Oslo, Breivik is isolated to his living quarters equipped with a kitchen, television and computer, which lacks an internet connection. His only human contact at the walled-in facility is with the prison’s staff and Storrvik, but all communication takes place through a glass window.

No one has bothered to visit Breivik save for his mother in 2013, before she died of cancer.

Breivik argues his isolation violates European laws prohibiting inhuman and degrading prison conditions, though the isolation practice was instituted to prevent Breivik from converting inmates to Islamophobic extremism.

The isolation prompted Breivik to drop out of his political science studies at the University of Oslo, the prisoner alleged in a letter.

He staged a separate hunger strike in 2014 to obtain a PlayStation 3, using the opportunity to bemoan the view outside his prison window and his blankets. 

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