Deputy Defence Minister Roger Ingebrigtsen is proposing that a life sentence be introduced for acts of terrorism.
Mr Ingebrigtsen, whose stepdaughter survived Anders Behring Breivik’s attack on Utøya, believes there should be the opportunity to impose stricter sentences if Norway ever suffers another assault by a person similar to the now jailed terrorist.
“Terrorism was something distant and incomprehensible when the maximum time limit of 21 years was set,” he told Nordlys. “It is not the case today. Future terrorists should know that they risk imprisonment for serious crimes in Norway.”
Current legislation allows for a maximum of 30 years imprisonment if convicted of crimes against humanity and genocide.
Norway’s prison system focuses on rehabilitating prisoners. Critical to Breivik’s ability to express himself from prison and ‘favourable’ conditions whilst inside, Mr Ingebrigtsen sees its function, rather, as protecting society against crime.
According to him, jail is also for deterring similar crimes and protecting the need of the aggrieved, victims, and society to see adequate measures imposed on criminals.
Labour (Ap) politician Mr Ingebrigtsen’s comments come at the same time Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is to address parliament about the 22 July Commission’s report, Tuesday.
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