A far-right terrorist appeared in court on Tuesday in the first day of a lawsuit claiming his prison conditions violate his human rights. Raising his right arm in a Nazi salute as soon as his handcuffs were removed, and dressed in a smart suit, Anders Behring Breivik complained he is a victim of cruel and inhuman treatment at the hands of the Norwegian prison system.
In 2011, Breivik killed 77 people and injured over 300 others when he detonated a car bomb in central Oslo before carrying out an hour-long shooting spree on the Norwegian island of Utoya. According to a manifesto emailed to a thousand recipients before the deadly rampage, Breivik wanted to save Norway, which he claimed was at war with Muslims. He later said the country was “a dumping ground for the surplus births of the third world.“
On Tuesday, in his first public appearance since his sentencing, the 37-year-old returned to court to argue the treatment he receives in prison violates his human rights. Challenging the government over his solitary confinement and general conditions, including what he claims is the excessive use of handcuffs, Breivik is accusing the Norwegian government of breaching two clauses of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
He has had a history of kicking up a fuss since he was sentenced. Only last September, he threatened to starve himself to death in protest at his treatment. According to BBC images, the cushy conditions in his cell at Skien prison include a TV and computer. Complaining about being kept in almost total isolation, he alleges the harsh conditions have forced him to drop out of a political science course at the University of Oslo, where some students have family members killed by him. His list of complaints also include cold coffee, lack of nicotine, and cheap dinners.