Norwegian mass murderer says prison isolation 'damaged' him
SKIEN, Norway (AP):
Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik told a panel of judges yesterday that his solitary confinement in prison had deeply damaged him and made him even more radical in his neo-Nazi beliefs.
Dressed in a black suit, the right-wing extremist, who killed 77 people in a 2011 bomb attack and shooting, spoke coherently and without emotion as he addressed the panel considering if his isolation is inhumane.
"I have been damaged by the isolation ... (and) radicalisation has been a consequence of it," a stone-faced Breivik said. "I have not been a little hurt, I have been very damaged."
Breivik, 37, was speaking during a hearing at the high-security prison in southern Norway where he is serving a 21-year sentence and has been in solitary confinement since 2012.
The government is appealing a lower court ruling that held his constant segregation was degrading and violated European human rights standards.
Saying he felt locked in a bubble, Breivik complained about his lack of personal contacts. He is allowed to receive visits from family and friends, but hasn't had any except one from his mother before she died.