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Norway preparing law to make life in prison possible for Breivik

Oslo, 22.3.2012 22:46, (ROMEA)

Right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik could end up in prison for the rest of his life. Norwegian television station TV2 has reported that the government in Oslo is preparing a law to make that possible. Breivik currently faces 21 years in prison at the most for the murder of 77 people last year.

According to the new law, it would be possible to isolate perpetrators of serious crimes from society until the end of their lives should they face the threat of revenge for what they have done. According to TV2, the Norwegian government is trying to get the bill passed by parliament as quickly as possible.

Breivik committed a bomb attack in Oslo last July during which eight people perished. He then shot to death 69 participants of a Social Democratic Youth summer camp on the island of Utöya.

The trial of Breivik will start on 16 April and is expected to last about 10 weeks. The court may declare the terrorist insane. Two psychiatrists came to the conclusion last fall that Breivik suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and should not be held criminally responsible. However, the court requested another affidavit as to Breivik's mental health which should be ready by 10 April.

ČTK, Gwendolyn Albert, Czech Press Agency, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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