Norwegian court says treatment of Breivik is inhumane

Mass killer sues state over his imprisonment

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In this 2012 file photo, Anders Behring-Breivik listens to the judge in the courtroom, in Oslo, Norway | Image: Frank Augstein / AP/Press Association Images

A court has ruled that Norway violated European laws banning inhuman and degrading treatment in its imprisonment of mass killer Anders Breivik.

He was suing the state over his prison conditions since he was jailed and kept in isolation for killing 77 people in July 2011.

Author Asne Seierstad has wrote a book about the right-wing extremist.

She says some of the survivors of the massacre on Utoya Island are in shock at the decision, and have released a statement.

"It's not even five years [...] and the mass murderer, the political terrorist who attacked Norway, already won a trial against Norway. They find it absurd."