Prison head vows to isolate Breivik from general inmate population
OSLO, August 22 - RAPSI. The head of Norway's Ila prison, where confessed mass murderer Anders Breivik is likely to be held, has stated that if convicted Breivik will be subjected to maximum security measures in order to protect the community from him.
Breivik, 33, has confessed to murdering 69 people at a youth summer camp on Utoya Island and eight in a central Oslo bombing on July 22, 2011. However, he pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges, claiming that he had acted in self-defense. He claimed that he was on a crusade against multi-culturalism and the "Muslim invasion" of Europe when he carried out the attacks.
The court is expected to sentence Breivik on Friday. He faces either isolated psychiatric care or a 21-year prison term.
On Wednesday, the governor of Ila prison, Knut Bjarkeid, formally stated that the prison is ready to receive Breivik whether he is sentenced to preventive detention or to compulsory psychiatric care.
The governor said that the prison has taken additional measures to receive Norway's most dangerous criminal in recent history.