Breivik Performs Nazi Salute in Courtroom

Breivik’s trial for his prison conditions has begun on Tuesday in the gymnasium in Skien prison.

Tuesday’s hearing marks his first public appearance since 2012. He entered the court by making the Nazi salute after police removed his handcuffs.

The greeting was not the same as Breivik performed a number of times during the 22 July terror trial four years ago.

Speaking to VG, right wing terrorism expert Øystein Sørensen noted that it might be a mark that he has now become a confessional nazi.

The Nazi salute or Hitler salute is a gesture that was used as a greeting in Nazi Germany. The salute is performed by extending the right arm in the air with a straightened hand. 

Use of this salute is currently a criminal offense in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria. In Switzerland and Sweden, the salute is illegal hate speech if used for propagating Nazi ideology.

Breivik, 37, is mainly accusing the government over his imprisoment conditionsincluding what he claims is the excessive use of handcuffs.

In his opening statement, Breivik’s lawyer Oystein Storrvik said his client’s punishment was worse than the death penalty, which is outlawed in Norway.

Breivik accuses the Norwegian government of breaching two clauses of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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