Press release | Date: 2016-04-27 | Ministry of Justice and Public Security| No: 43 – 2016
The Ministry of Justice and Public security has decided to appeal the ruling of Oslo District Court regarding Anders Behring Breivik’s lawsuit against the state of Norway.
After a thorough review of the ruling, the Ministry of Justice and Public Security has decided to launch an appeal against the court ruling in Anders Behring Breivik’s case against the state of Norway. Breivik claimed that the prison conditions, under which he serves, constitute a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
– Legal advice provided by The Office of the Attorney General combined with consultations with the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service lead to the decision to appeal, says Anders Anundsen, the Norwegian Minister of Justice.
The court found that the continued isolation of Breivik and the lack of regard to his mental health constituted inhuman treatment under the European Convention on Human Rights. The main ground for the appeal is that the ruling is wrong. In the view of the Norwegian state, the conditions under which Breivik are serving do not constitute inhuman treatment and, thus, neither a breach of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The state disagrees with the District Court’s application of the law and the assessment of the evidence.
The state of Norway will later announce further details regarding the appeal as the The Office of the Attorney General now will be asked to prepare the appeal declaration. The deadline for the appeal is one month within the date of the ruling. The ruling was made on 22 April.