Wenche Behring Breivik, 66, the mother of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, died Friday, after a long battle with ill-health. Media sources report that Anders Breivik requested permission to attend his mother's funeral but the latest news is that prison authorities have denied his request.
Tord Jordet, his lawyer had said it was a decision for the prison board to make. Prison authorities have chosen to refuse his request because of safety concerns and as Breivik has only served a brief jail term to date reports Norway Panorama.
Breivik killed 77 people, many who were young, plus injured more than 240 others, when he went on a planned killing spree in Norway, in July 2011. He posted his agenda online which was full of hate and xenophobia. Blaming the left for what he viewed as declining standards in Norway he believed he was on a mission. He wanted his day in court to espouse his far-right extremist viewpoint.
Declared sane by the court Breivik receieved a 21-year-jail term in 2012. Norway has no death penalty and this was the maximum sentence available.
Aged 33 at time of sentencing could he be freed one day?
Court psychiatrist Torgeir Husby read out quotes from Brevik's mother during his trial. "The mother of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik described how her "kind" son transformed into a "crazy" loner who wore a face mask and talked of a war against Muslims, he told a court".
Should Breivik be allowed to attend his mother's funeral? Absolutely not. He has only served months at this time. He has a long way to go in paying his debt to society. In truth he never can.
This man tried to use his court appearances to bolster his extreme views and hate. He will use any opportunity to do this again and that could include a family funeral.
He killed 77 people, many young, in a cold-blooded callous way. Smirking through most of his court appearances he showed no remorse. At one point he said his only regret was that he had not killed more people.
If Breivik had already served many years, was a frail man, was full of remorse, and more, the judicial system may have chosen to show compassion. As he does not fit into any of those descriptions they should show him the compassion he showed his victims, that is none.
Society needs to send out the right signals to those who may consider a similar course of destruction. That signal should be no compassion, in any circumstances.
Breivik and his mother had what they knew would be a final meeting early in March. He was luckier than the loved ones of his victims. They had their family members torn away with no final farewell possible.
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