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Anders Breivik declared sane and jailed for 21 years.

Summary: A court in Oslo has found Anders Behring Breivik sane and guilty of the murder of 77 people in a combined bombing and gun attack in 2011.

A court in Oslo has found Anders Behring Breivik sane and guilty of the murder of 77 people in a combined bombing and gun attack on July 22, 2011.

The controversial decision saw the court dismissing an appeal from the prosecution to have Breivik declared insane, instead sentencing him to 21 years with a minimum term of ten years. He faces the possibility of indefinite extensions to his sentence.

He will be kept in almost total seclusion for the duration of his internment, but will be given access to a laptop so he can communicate with the outside world, a concession critics have branded "concerning".

The sane verdict represented the wishes of both Breivik himself, who saw himself as a warrior and culpable for his actions, and many survivors and victims' families, who said an insane verdict would diminish his responsibility for the attacks.

Breivik admitted detonating a fertilizer bomb outside government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight, before gunning down 69 at the ruling party's summer youth camp on Utoya island outside the city.

He told the court he targeted the ruling centre-left Labour Party for its support of Muslim immigration. He dismissed being called a child murderer, arguing that his victims, some as young as 14, were brainwashed activists whose support for multiculturalism threatened to adulterate pure Norwegian blood.

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
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Date:Aug 24, 2012
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