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Norway Court Rules Mass Murderer Treated Inhumanely

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Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik raises his arm in a Nazi salute as he enters the court room in Skien prison, Norway, March 15, 2016.

Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik raises his arm in a Nazi salute as he enters the court room in Skien prison, Norway, March 15, 2016.

A Norwiegian court has ruled mass murderer Anders Breivik's human rights have been violated during his imprisonment for terrorism and mass murder.

The Oslo District Court ruled Wednesday Breivik's five-year isolation violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

Judge Helen Sekulic said the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment represents a fundamental value in a democratic society.

The court dismissed claims the government had violated Breivik's right to a private and family life.

Breivik said his isolation from other prisoners and frequent strip searches violated his human rights. He also complained about the quality of prison food, saying the cold coffee and microwaved meals were worse than waterboarding.

The court ordered the government to pay Breivik's legal costs of $41,000.

Breivik is serving a maximum 21-year sentence, which can be extended if he is still considered dangerous for killing eight people in a bombing in Oslo and then shooting dead another 69, mostly teenagers, at a political youth camp on a nearby island in July 2011.

Breivik says he has pledged his allegiance to National Socialism, the ideology behind the German nationalist movement that created the Holocaust.

Prison officials say they have limited Breivik's access to mail and other prisoners in an attempt to keep him from building an extremist network while incarcerated.

Some material for this report came from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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