Legal happenings: Nordic Edition

Breivik makes Nazi salute in court

Norwegian nationalist insurgent Anders Behring Breivik has won part of a human rights case against the Norwegian state.

The court upheld his claim that some of his treatment amounted to “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

After the judgement, Breivik’s lawyer, Oystein Storrvik, called for his solitary confinement to be repealed.

Breivik had challenged the government over his solitary confinement, which saw him kept alone in his cell for 22 to 23 hours a day, denied contact with other inmates and only communicating with prison staff through a thick glass barrier.

His prison regime deviated so markedly from that enforced upon any other prisoner in Norway, regardless of the severity of their crimes, that it had to be considered an extra punishment, the judge said.

He will now have contact with other prisoners, & will probably be able to see visitors as well as send & receive correspondence.

In the past, he has expressed a desire to start a prison gang modeled on the American “Aryan Brotherhood” spanning all of western Europe.

No charges against 16 members of Nordic Resistance Finland involved in riot

Äärioikeiston mielenosoitus Jyväskylässä 1.8.2015

The National Socialist Finnish Resistance Movement (SVR) held a demonstration in Jyväskylä, Central Finland on the 1st of August last year that turned violent and was broken up by police.

Police arrested 30 people. According to District Prosecutor Elina Mäntylä all of those arrested took part in the demonstration.

However, the office of the district prosecutor for the region has decided to end the investigation into the actions of 16 of those arrested. According to the Finnish News Agency STT, officials say that in addition to a lack of evidence against them, none of them played a significant part in the events of last August.

The remaining 14 are still under investigation and may face charges of violent rioting, leading a riot, assault, and resisting the authorities.


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