Extremist Behind Norway Massacre Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison

Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of last year’s massacre in Norway, has been sentenced to at least 21 years and was deemed “sane” by the judges who handed down his sentence today. Breivik was convicted on charges of voluntary homicide and terrorism.

Breivik, a right-wing, anti-Muslim extremist, killed 77 people in the worst attacks in the country since World War Two. The attacks occurred in both the city of Oslo and on Utoya island, where a youth camp for the Labour Party was underway.

The sentence was the “most severe permitted under Norwegian law, but it can be extended at a later date if he is still deemed to be a danger to society,” according to the New York Times. Breivik will “be incarcerated in isolation at Ila prison on the outskirts of Oslo...in a three-room cell with an exercise area, a television set and a laptop computer that is not connected to the Internet,” the paper reports.

The sentencing may not mark the end of this saga, though. The prosecution could appeal the verdict; they had argued during the trial that Breivik should be deemed insane, which would mean that Breivik would be committed to a hospital. Breivik has accepted the court’s ruling, and had wanted to be ruled sane.

The sentencing comes after the release of a report that criticized the Norwegian police’s response to the attacks. According to the Associated Press, the report said that “Norweigian authorities could have prevented or interrupted the bomb and gun attacks,” and that “the domestic intelligence service could have done more to track down the gunman.”

Breivik published over the internet a long and rambling manifesto explaining the ideology behind his attack. Breivik attacked the Labour Party summer camp because the Norwegian government (where the party is in power) was run by “Marxists” who promoted “multiculturalism,” which was allowing the Islamization of European society, according to Breivik. Breivik cited the works of known Islamophobes in the U.S., including Pamela Geller, Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer and more.

AlterNet / By Alex Kane

Posted at August 24, 2012, 6:55am

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