Anders Breivik fails in bid to start fascist group from prison cell
The Norwegian authorities have refused an application by the mass killer, Anders Breivik, to form a fascist organisation from his prison cell, saying he provided them with insufficient paperwork.
Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bombing in Oslo and shooting at a youth camp on Utoya island in 2011, tried to register a political association which listed its aim as the "democratic fascist seizure of power in Norway" and the establishment of an independent state.
But the right-wing extremist only included one signatory – himself – while Norwegian regulations stipulate that an association must be two or more people, the Aftenposten newspaper reported.
A representative for the organisation that handles such requests told the newspaper that they dealt with the application as they would any other, and rejected it because it did not meet the legal requirements.
Despite the shocking natures of Breivik's crimes – most of his victims were teenagers – the Norwegian authorities have stressed that he must be treated in the same way as any other convict.
The government has been praised for refusing to compromise national ideals of fairness and justice in the face of such provocative acts.
Breivik's lawyer, Tord Jordet, confirmed that his client was pursuing conducting political activities, and would appeal the rejection.
A representative from the Anti-Racist Centre of Norway said that if Breivik succeeded in setting up his association, the justice ministry may be able to ban it on the grounds that is it a terrorist group. Breivik is serving a 21 year jail sentence for the killings.
- 1 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 2 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 3 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending
Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weapons
The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss
Jeremy Clarkson 'could be given minder' ahead of a potential Top Gear return
#FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
Andreas Lubitz: Knee-jerk reaction to 9/11 enabled mass murder
£6 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join a gro...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Service Delivery Manager is required to join...
£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...