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Norway Killer Anders Breivik Ruled Sane, Sentenced To 21 Years

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THE NORWAY POST (Norway), CNN (USA), BBC NEWS, THE GUARDIAN (UK)

OSLO - Anders Behring Breivik, the man who killed 77 people in a bomb attack and gun rampage in July 2011, was sentenced to 21 years in prison, reports CNN.

The five judges at Oslo district court were unanimous in ruling that Breivik was sane, and convicted the 33-year-old far-right extremist of terrorism and premeditated murder, reports the BBC.

The 21-year prison sentence is the maximum allowed by Norwegian law, however the sentence can be prolonged at a later date if the court judges that he remains "a danger to society", notes CNN.

According to the Norway Post, Breivik has stated that if he was declared sane by the court, he would not appeal the sentence.

Breivik had hoped to be found sane by prosecutors to avoid what he called the "humiliation" of being dismissed as a madman, reports The Guardian.

Breivik has refused to plead guilty and has sought to justify his attacks by saying that they were necessary to stop the "Islamisation" of Norway.

Eight people died in the bombing in the capital, which was followed by Breivik's fatally shooting of another 69 people – 34 of them aged between 14 and 17 – during an hourlong systematic massacre at Utoya Island on 22 July 2011.

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The Trumpian Virus Undermining Democracy Is Now Spreading Through South America

Taking inspiration from events in the United States over the past four years, rejection of election results and established state institutions is on the rise in Latin America.

Two supporters of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dressed in Brazilian flags during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Bolsonaro supporters dressed in national colours with flags in a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 4, 2022.

Ivan Abreu / ZUMA
Carlos Ruckauf*

-Analysis-

BUENOS AIRES — South Africa's Nelson Mandela used to say it was "so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Intolerance toward those who think differently, even inside the same political space, is corroding the bases of representative democracy, which is the only system we know that allows us to live and grow in freedom, in spite of its flaws.

Recent events in South America and elsewhere are precisely alerting us to that danger. The most explosive example was in Brazil, where a crowd of thousands managed to storm key institutional premises like the presidential palace, parliament and the Supreme Court.

In Peru, the country's Marxist (now former) president, Pedro Castillo, sought to use the armed and security forces to shut down parliament and halt the Supreme Court and state prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations against him.

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