A Norwegian court today found that mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is sane and sentenced him to 21 years in jail. The right-wing extremist was convicted of terrorism and premeditated murder, and given the maximum sentence of 21 years’ imprisonment, of which he must serve a minimum of 10 years. If he continues to be a danger the sentence may be extended.
The term to be served is somewhat worse than ours for a single murder, but the sentence with remission for killing 77 people would cause outrage here. Breivik should be grateful for his nation’s leniency to his crimes. This man, at just 33, planned and executed Europe’s worst peacetime atrocity by bombing Norway’s capital then shooting 69 young people at a summer camp. As this is a country of about five million people with around 30 murders a year, it is hard to underestimate the shocking nature of Breivik’s actions in July last year.
To serve 10 years in prison for such a crime would beggar belief and bankrupt the expression travesty of justice.