Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik gave a Nazi salute on Tuesday as he entered court for a parole hearing that will decide if he should be released after spending more than a decade behind bars
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Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, gave a Nazi salute on Tuesday as he entered court for a parole hearing that will decide whether he should be released after spending more than a decade behind bars.Public First is run by policy specialists James Frayne and Rachel Wolf, both of whom previously worked with Dominic Cummings (pictured).Android .Emergency services were called to a Derbyshire village at 9.
The far-Right extremist killed 77 people in Norway’s worst peacetime atrocity in July 2011. He killed eight with a car bomb in Oslo and then gunned down 69, most of them teenagers, at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utoya. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters Tue 18 Jan 2022 13. With a shaven head and dressed in a dark suit, Breivik made a white supremacist sign with his fingers before raising his right arm in a Nazi salute to signal his far-Right ideology as he entered the court. Abiy declared a state of emergency and called on residents to fight. He also carried homemade signs printed in English with the words “Stop your genocide against our white nations” and “Nazi-Civil-War”.19 GMT The court of appeal has overturned a ruling that found that a government contract given to a polling company with links to Dominic Cummings was unlawful. When asked to introduce himself to the court, he described himself, among other things, as “Party Secretary for the Nordic State”, before being stopped by the judge Dag Bjorvik. The couple have been named as Freda Walker, 86, and her husband Kenneth, 88.
“Our position is that it is necessary with (continued) confinement to protect society,” Hulda Karlsdottir, the public prosecutor, told Reuters ahead of the hearing. Last June, a high court judge ruled that the Cabinet Office’s decision to award a contract to the market research firm Public First “gave rise to apparent bias and was unlawful” . Tigray’s ruling party, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front ( TPLF ), asked for a ceasefire. When Ms Karlsdottir began making her introductory arguments as to why Breivik should remain in prison, he began to display his posters, causing the judge to intervene. “Breivik, stop with those posters,” Mr Bjorvik said. The company was given a contract for more than £550,000 in June 2020 for focus groups and other research – including testing public health slogans such as “Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives”. “I do not want that during the prosecutor’s introductory speech. He won a Nobel prize in 2019 for ending hostilities with neighbouring Eritrea, and was praised for helping to mediate a power-sharing deal in Sudan.” Breivik, now 42, changed his legal name to Fjotolf Hansen but will be referred to throughout court proceedings by his former name. June’s ruling was the first in a series of judicial review legal challenges brought by the GLP against government Covid-19 contracts awarded with no competitive tenders under emergency regulations Mrs Justice O’Farrell found that the “apparent bias” was not due to the existing relationships between Cummings and Public First, but because of a failure to consider any other research agency or record the objective criteria used in the selection.
He is serving Norway’s maximum sentence of 21 years, which can be extended indefinitely if he is deemed a continued threat to society. The Telemark court in Skien, southwest of the capital, where Breivik is serving his sentence, will hear the case this week after the Oslo state prosecutor’s office last year rejected Breivik’s application for early release. The lord chief justice, Lord Burnett, sitting with Lord Justice Coulson and Lady Justice Carr, found that the original judgment was an “unprecedented outcome”. First his government announced that the army would not seek to reoccupy Tigray. Proceedings will take place over a maximum of four days in a prison gymnasium converted into a makeshift courtroom, with a decision expected about a week later. Randi Rosenqvist, a prison psychiatrist, has been called as one of the witnesses in the hearing.” In response, the GLP said: “We don’t think the court of appeal is right. She told the newspaper Verdens Gang that her assessment had not changed since 2013 when she found Breivik “would again be able to carry out acts of violence if he found it opportune”. The prime minister described the move as an act of victor’s mercy, saying that it was necessary for Ethiopia to break the cycle of war.
“I can confirm that the conclusions previously made public are not significantly different from those that have been made now,” she said.” In a statement , it added: “We believe there is proper and widespread public interest in the extent to which the law restrains public servants from awarding valuable public contracts to their friends without adequate safeguards to protect against the risk of bias. Breivik will be given two hours to make his own case as to why he should be released. He has called Par Oberg, a leading Swedish neo-Nazi, to testify for him at the parole hearing.” Cummings said the court of appeal ruling was “total vindication for my decisions on moving super speedy on procurement to save lives”. “As it is, the intended national dialogue can be neither inclusive nor impartial,” says Jawar’s ally, Merera Gudina. Oberg, one of the leading figures in the militant neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, was last year found guilty of committing hate crimes after he was recorded on film chanting “Hell Seger!”, the Swedish version of the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil!” If Breivik’s request for release is denied, he can apply for a new probation hearing in a year’s time, Ms Karlsdottir said. Breivik’s re-emergence in the public eye five years after his last court case is painful for the friends and relatives of the people he killed, particularly as his parole requests are now likely to be renewed every one-and-a-half years for at least the next decade.” Frayne, founding partner of Public First said: “Our research team worked unbelievably hard for seven days a week – from early morning till late at night – during the height of the pandemic, helping refine messages that prevented many casualties.
“Every time this crops up, it will be a great strain for all those that this happened to,” Lisbeth Royneland, whose daughter Synne would have celebrated her 29th birthday on Tuesday, told Norway’s state broadcaster NRK. An even bigger challenge is the TPLF , which the government also calls a terrorist group. Breivik has three cells to himself in the high-security wing of Skien prison.” A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: “We welcome the court of appeal’s ruling that this contract was awarded entirely lawfully. The cells are equipped with video game consoles, a television, a DVD player, electronic typewriter, newspapers and exercise machines. He also has daily access to a larger exercise yard. “Throughout the pandemic our priority has always been to save lives and the work by Public First helped to improve vitally important health messages. An internal document prepared by the ruling party and seen by The Economist did not rule this out. The mass murderer lost a human rights case in 2017 when an appeals court overturned the decision of a lower court that his near-isolation was inhumane.
The European Court of Human Rights rejected a subsequent appeal. . The release of TPLF officials from prison sparked an uproar, especially among Abiy’s allies in Amhara, the second most populous region and the focus of fighting in recent months.