A judge has ruled that Anders Behring Breivik must remain in solitary confinement for another four weeks, ignoring complaints from the Norwegian mass killer that isolation is “boring, monotonous and a sadistic method of torture.”
The decision was made at a closed-door court session for Breivik who has admitted killing 77 people in a bombing in Oslo and a shooting rampage on a nearby island.
Sigurd Klomset, a lawyer representing some of the victims’ relatives and who attended the court hearing, said: “He showed no understanding of the pain and suffering he has caused to a lot of people. He is more preoccupied with his own situation, so it must be a challenge for those (psychiatrists) that are evaluating him.”
Asked if Breivik showed any kind of remorse, the lawyer said “No”.
Judge Hugo Abelseth told a news conference at the Oslo court house that Breivik, 32, would stay isolated in prison until September 19 because of concerns that evidence could be tampered with.
Police have not ruled out the possibility of accomplices to the crime. “We’re afraid that he, through other prisoners, would be able to communicate with people outside the prison,” police prosecutor Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby told a news conference.
“It’s unlikely that we will keep him in isolation until the trial starts,” Kraby said, but added that police would “certainly ask for an extension” four weeks from now.
At the same time, on the island of Utoeya hundreds of relatives and close friends of Breivik’s victims gathered in pouring rain to mourn and hear from police and representatives of the Red Cross exactly where and how they died.
On Sunday survivors and their relatives will visit the island as part of a national day of remembrance.