In 2011, Anders Breivik admitted to carrying out acts of mass murder that he claimed were ‘necessary,’ due to his neo-Nazi anti-immigrant views. When appearing before a parole board on Tuesday, he chose perhaps the quickest possible route to assure officials that his views haven’t changed during his confinement, and to ensure that he is not considered for release.
At the time of the murders, Breivik released a manifesto running 243 pages, the BBC reported, attacking Islam and immigrants, and what he referred to as ‘cultural Marxism.’ He then disguised himself as a police officer and used a car bomb and a shooting spree to carry out a mass murder.
According to the Daily Beast, Norweigian law requires a hearing to consider the terms of confinement at the ten-year mark after sentencing, but Breivik may have set out to make the work of the parole board even easier and their path clearer. If there was any question of whether he was prepared to exhibit remorse for his deeds, he dispelled it immediately, opening his parole appearance with a Nazi salute. He also held a written sign reading “stop your genocide against white nations.”
However, prosecutors already had an understanding of their duty for the day. Prosecutor Hulda Karlsdottir had already told reporters, before the hearing began, that it was the position of the board that continued confinement was necessary for the safety of society.
According to the Guardian, Breivik’s acquaintances at the time of the murder gave descriptions of his behavior and positions that painted the image of a far-right Christian extremist who held a “deep hatred of multiculturalism” and of the political left.
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