ReutersSKIEN, Norway (Reuters) — Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik gave a Nazi salute on Tuesday to a court where Norway appealed against a ruling that it has violated his human rights by keeping him in virtual isolation since he massacred 77 people in 2011.
Breivik, in a black suit and striped tie and a beard he has grown in the past year, made the defiant gesture as he entered the high-security courtroom at the start of the Jan. 10-18 hearing about his detention conditions.
Judge Oeystein Hermansen told him the salute was insulting and should not be repeated.
Breivik, 37, made a similar salute at the start of the lower court hearing last year where the judge agreed with him that his near-isolation violated a European Convention on Human Rights ban on “inhuman and degrading treatment.”
Launching the state’s appeal, Attorney General Fredrik Sejersted defended the draconian measures, including no contact with other inmates, use of strip searches and handcuffs, as fully justified for an unrepentant far-right extremist.
“There is no violation of his human rights,” he said.