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The courts and the Norwegian society

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Given that his psychiatric condition is unchanged, there is an obvious risk that he will fall back into the behaviour that lead to the acts of terror 22 July 2011.

Judgment from Telemark District Court
Case on parole for the 22 July terrorist, February 2022.
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Breivik can be released after 21 years if the likelihood of repetition of new and serious crime is no longer high. If the likelihood remains high, the court can prolong the time frame with up to five years. There is no limit as to how many times the cours can prolong the time frame.

Berit Johnsen and Birgitte Langset Storvik, KRUS
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Even if Breivik applies for parole every year after his refusal, it is not likely that he will be released on parole anytime soon. This is because he has shown no signs of change in the ten years following the terror attack.

Berit Johnsen and Birgitte Langset Storvik, KRUS
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The legal protection of the freedom of speech has first and foremost been a way to secure that states, formally and in reality, does not limit or intervene in individuals' freedom of speech.

Anine Kierulf, NIM
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The freedom of speech is not absolute. There are several statutory limitations in the freedom of speech, like the prohibition against making threats, defamation, invasion of privacy, harassment and severe pornographic, discriminating and hateful statements.

Anine Kierulf, NIM
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The Oslo District Courts treatment of the 22 July case can be mentioned as an example of a case where the court was put under pressure. There were big expectations in society that the perpetrator was to be held accountable and be punished as criminally sane.

Nils Gunnar Skretting, Institute for public law, UiO
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To have done so much harm to others, and still be treated humane with all rights assured, is to me the very core in values such as human dignity, human rights and protection under the rule of law.

Geir Lippestad, lawyer and defense for the 22 July terrorist in the trial in 2012
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The debate over sanity was important and the debate about contingency was also important. Grief and love were important. Perhaps we should have paid more attention to the political debate after the judgment had been handed down and question of sanity had been answered. It was said that this was an act of right-wing extremism and an attack on AUF and the Labour Party, but this ended up being ignored.

Jens Stoltenberg / former Prime Minister
Witness account in University of Oslo Aula, 21 July 2021
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I hope the #Oslo #Utoya murderer is dealt with in a reasonable, just and democratic manner... because that is everything he is NOT.

@tbskyen
Twitter, 23 July 2011
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The word revenge has very seldom come out. So retribution in this trial is not so much about revenge, but more about putting back what is right and wrong and focusing on how can we prevent something like this from happening again in the future.

Laila Bokhari / researcher ICCT
2013
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Let’s punish the perpetrator with silence and overwhelm those affected with love. Let's not give him what he’s after! #oslo #utøya

@sterita
Twitter / 24 July 2011
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"We must never give up our values. We must show that our open society can pass this test too. That the answer to violence is even more democracy. Even more humanity. But never naivety."

Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway
Press Conference, 22 July 2011 22:41.
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Human rights

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Freedom of speech

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Preventive detention in the 22 July case

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Court hearing for parole 2022 – Q&As

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The question of sanity

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The trial against Breivik in 2012

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Breivik's lawsuit against the state 2016-2017