Norway court deems Breivik sane, sentences killer to prison

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Anders Behring Breivik, the man accused of killing 77 people, was sentenced to prison in a Norway court on Friday. Prosecutors successfully showed his actions were the act of a madman, not part of an anti-Muslim crusade as they claimed. Breivik was apparently satisfied with the ruling and smiled during the announcement that he was declared sane enough to stand trial for his crimes and sentencing him to “preventive detention,” which means it is unlikely he will ever be released. The ruling will bring a form of closure to Norway, which was brought to its knees during the bomb and gun attacks in July of 2011. Since his arrest, Breivik has said the attacks were meant to draw attention to his extreme right-wing ideology and to inspire a multi-decade uprising by “militant nationalists” across Europe. survivors of the attacks and relatives of victims welcomed the ruling. “I am very relieved and happy about the outcome,” said Tore Sinding Bekkedal, who survived the Utoya shooting.

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