You remeber Anders Breivik the headcase who used a bomb and rifle fire to murder 77 people last summer in Norway? He’s due to be sentenced on Friday. The big question: will he be declared insane or not, as that will determine where and how he’s housed for the remainder of his sentence. We say the remainder because there’s no such thing as a life sentence in Norway. Since his arrest, though, he’s been housed in Norway’s infamous hellhole, Ila Prison . . .
The virtual torture chamber where the mass murderer has been warehoused by the vengeful Norwegians, according to foxnews.com, has no end of torments for him:
The high-security prison offers Breivik not one, but three 86-square-foot cells. One cell functions as a bedroom, another as an exercise room, complete with treadmill, and the third is a study, where Breivik can use a laptop computer.
That’s his mini-gym, above. And if you think that’s cruel and unusual, just wait ’til he’s sentenced.
If found to be mentally fit, Breivik would face a sentence of “preventive detention.” Unlike a regular prison sentence — which can be no longer than 21 years in Norway — that confinement option can be extended for as long as an inmate is considered dangerous to society. It also offers more programs and therapy than an ordinary prison sentence.
If declared insane, the confessed killer will be the sole patient of a psychiatric ward that Norway built just for him at the prison, with 17 people on staff to treat him. It cost between 2 million and 3 million kroner ($340,000-$510,000), according to Norway’s Health Ministry.
As you’d expect, Amnesty International and prisoner rights advocates around the world are up in arms over the inhumane treatment. When pressed about the barbarity, a prison spokeswoman made a half-hearted attempt to justify the medieval conditions:
“I like to put it this way: He’s a human being. He has human rights. This is about creating a humane prison regime,” said Ellen Bjercke, a spokeswoman for Ila Prison.