Norwegian murderer Anders Behring Breivik has lost his human rights case. An appeals court overturned a lower court finding his near-isolation in a three-room cell was inhuman.
Breivik detonated a bomb in Oslo in July 2011 that killed eight people. He then gunned down 69 people, many of them teenagers, at a meeting of the youth wing of the then-ruling Labour Party.
“The Borgarting Court of Appeal has determined that Anders Behring Breivik is not, and has not been, subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment,” the court said in a statement.
Strict conditions for Breivik, who has no contact with other, were justified because there was a “high risk” that he would use violence in future and because other prisoners might attack him, it said. Breivik’s only family visitor was his mother, who gave him a hug shortly before she died in 2013.
A lower Oslo court had ruled in 2016 that the conditions, including frequent strip searches, violated a ban on “inhuman or degrading treatment” under the European Convention on Human Rights.
At a March 2016 hearing in the district court, Breivik had said he was feeling bad in jail, complained about cold coffee and grumbled that jail food was “worse than waterboarding”.
The appeals court heard in January that he wrote a “thank you” note to his guards after the lower court hearing.