32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik faces 30 years in jail for the twin massacres if a particular legal clause is used. The current maximum penalty without it is 21.
Section 102 of the Penal Code introduced in 2008 considers crimes against humanity. The law allows for the prosecution of a group based on political grounds. Genocide is also considered an indictable offence under this law. Police attorney Christian Hatlo mentioned that this article is only a possibility that should be taken into account during Anders Behring Breivik’s trial.
“The present indictment is only preliminary. The immediate consequence of this expansion is that the penalty is extended to 30 years in prison”, said Hatlo to NRK.
Breivik is currently charged with two acts of terrorism. However, many people think Norway’s most severe penalties are not enough for his crimes.
On his way to his first appearance to the City Hall in Oslo, Breivik thought he would be shot and receive life imprisonment.
“He has a different opinion of what it’s like to sit in jail than the reality, so he sees things very differently to us in the ordinary world would do”, said Geir Lippestad, Breivik’s lawyer.
The man who killed over 70 Norwegians on 22nd of July will also be put under a psychiatric investigation to determine whether he is mentally ill. Breivik will be sentenced to compulsory psychiatric care If found guilty and declared criminally insane.
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