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Death toll now 77 in Norway; maximum prison time suspect can serve: 21 years

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Norway’s Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed he carried out Friday’s bombing and murder spree at a youth camp – and published a 1,500-page “manifesto” on the internet before launching the bloodbath – faces a maximum prison sentence of 21 years.

The death toll now stands at 77 for the explosion in downtown Oslo and the shootings at a summer camp on Utoya Island.

Norway has no death penalty. The most that any convicted criminal can be incarcerated is 21 years, Norweigan police confirmed. However, Monday there was speculation that a new law which has not yet taken effect could be used to keep him in prison for 30 years. Also at the end of whatever term he receives, officials said a loophole in Norweigan law could be used to declare him a danger to society — and keep him incarcerated for another full term.

Meanwhile, Norweigan police continue to refer to the suspect as a “Christian” although in his Internet posts, he has expressed his disgust at the modern church. Apparently he was baptized into an unspecified Protestant church in Norway by “his own free will,” but had grown disenchanted with the group and said Protestants should be forced to return to the Catholic church.

The Christian Post says he blogged:

“Today’s Protestant church is a joke. Priests in jeans who march for Palestine and churches that look like minimalist shopping centers. I am a supporter of an indirect collective conversion of the Protestant church back to the Catholic.”

CLICK HERE for full story and excerpt of his “manifesto”



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    21 years!? That is a joke—what’s with that? Someone who kills can’t get a life without parole sentence at least? Maybe after this incident the 21 year law might be reconsidered? He would be a 53 when he got released–to do what? Kill again? This man deliberately killed 92 human beings—and would have killed more. Unbelievable.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mordred08

    Blue jeans, Protestantism, and support for the people of Palestine are worthy of murder to this person? Well, it’s not like there could ever be a good reason for what he did.

    Yeah, 21 years isn’t going to cut it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment mike

    i’m sure the guards would look the other way if he were attacked.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jim0722

    Unfortunately, this lax government has opened their country to every nutcase, moron and murderer who wants to prove a point. They can do whatever they want and serve a token term without having to worry about death or even life. In this day and age, there needs to be a deterrant to crime. Without stopping our violent criminals, havic will ensue and all countries and lives are in danger. Hopefully, justice needs to be served on this idiot. I’m not one for taking the law into your own hands BUT with a wimpy country such as this, it’s a necessary task.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Richard LXVII

    Norway has dropped to the bottom of my list of countries to visit. If I am murdered while on vacation I would like to feel that my life is worth more than 76 days in jail. If the shooter (I am NOT using his name on purpose) when he gets out of jail at 53 feels that we still have not understood his message his will be young enough to do it again and had twenty years to plan it instead of just 10. I could see 21 years for each murder but 21 years for 93 murders just does not seem like enough time for proper rehabilitation.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Now it is apparently only 72 murders—since in the chaos it seems that some victims were counted more than once. No matter—I agree Richard—21 years for each of the victims would be a bit more reasonable—actually the death penality would be more reasonable. It wouldn’t bring back anyone, but it would mean he wouldn’t have a chance to do any harm again to anyone.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Florence Becker

    Why can’t Norway charge this murderer for one murder for one killing and put him away for 21 years. Then a second killing for 21 more years and so forth until each and every one of the 77 murders have the justice of a 21 year sentence?

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