Ten years after he committed the massacre, Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik appeared in court to demand his conditional release. He began the suit with a Nazi salute and carried several far-right messages in English as he entered court with a knife. It is highly unlikely that the judge would agree to his request.
On July 22, 2011, Breivik, now 42, killed 77 people, mostly young men, in far-right attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utoya. In 2012, he was sentenced to a maximum of 21 years in prison. According to Norwegian law, Breivik may, after his minimum sentence of ten years, apply to investigate whether he can be released on parole. However, the attorney general is of the view that longer detention is necessary to protect the community from the mass murderer.
The outcome of the three-day trial – which for security reasons was moved to a courtroom converted into the Skien prison gymnasium – appears to have been a foregone conclusion. However, survivors and relatives of the victims fear that Breivik, who is now living the life of Vgötolf Hansen, will use the session as a political platform. “As in any other constitutional state, a convicted person has the right to seek parole and Breivik has decided to exercise this right,” his lawyer, Austin Storvik, said before the hearing.