Where is Anders Breivik now? | The worst mass murder in Norway’s history

Anders Breivik

What did Anders Breivik do?

Anders Breivik is a Norwegian mass murderer who committed awful atrocities that shocked Norway on the 22nd of July 2011. 

The terror began in Oslo when a van bomb went off, killing 8 people. However, this was a wicked distraction Breivik had created to carry out his next attack, knowing that emergency services would be busy dealing with the aftermath of the bomb. Breivik travelled to the island of Utøya and killed 69 people who were part of a Workers’ Youth League summer camp. The attack was the worst mass shooting Norway had ever seen. 

On the fateful day of the attacks, Breivik released a compendium of texts known as “2083: A European Declaration of Independence” which described in depth his militant ideology. He stated his opposition to Islam and blamed feminism for a European ‘cultural suicide.’ He called for the deportation of all Muslims from Europe and claimed his brutal attacks were a way of promoting his manifesto.

What happened at the trial? 

Breivik went on trial in 2012 for the horrific crimes, and he was found guilty of mass murder, causing the fatal explosion and terrorism. He was sentenced to the maximum criminal penalty in Norway, which is only 21 years imprisonment through what is known as preventive detention.

It is possible there could be an extension to this sentence if Breivik is still considered a danger to society. This man is a monster, so it’s hard to believe he could ever not be a danger to society with his particular set of beliefs and willingness to follow through with his crimes. 

In 2016, Breivik sued the Norwegian Correctional Service after he claimed that the solitary confinement he found himself in violated his human rights. This suggestion was thrown out by the European Court in 2018. Breivik has the nerve to complain about his human rights after he took away 77 people’s right to live when he carried out the awful attacks in 2011. 

Where is Anders Breivik now?

In January 2022, under Norwegian law, Breivik was eligible for parole after serving 10 years of his 21 year sentence. However, the court refused to release the mass murderer. 

Breivik appealed the decision, which was also rejected, and he then launched a lawsuit concerning the conditions of his imprisonment and the alleged violations of his human rights.

The 5-day trial ended on the 12th of January 2024, with the Government of Norway being sued for violating Breivik’s human rights. The verdict is expected within the next month.

Breivik is also scheduled to be in court in June 2024, regarding the possibility of parole again. 

Since 2011, Breivik has been imprisoned in a prison section with particularly high security due to the horrific crimes he carried out. In March 2022, Breivik was transferred to Ringerike Prison.

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