Anders Behring Breivik, Who Killed 77 People, Denied Parole Over 'Obvious Risk' to Public

Anders Behring Breivik, a far-right terrorist who killed 77 people more than 10 years ago, was ordered to stay in prison on Tuesday after a Norwegian court ruled he was still a risk to the public.

A three-judge panel denied Breviki's request for parole, saying he remains a potential threat because his psychiatric condition had not changed, the Associated Press reported. The court's ruling stated, "There is an obvious risk that he will fall back on the behavior that led up to the terrorist acts on July 22, 2011."

Breivik, 42, was convicted for killing eight people via a truck bomb outside government offices in Oslo before he gunned down 69 people, mostly teenagers, at a left-wing youth activist summer camp, Newsweek reported. Breivik's attorney had been pushing for parole to prove to the public that Breivik was reformed, a request the court denied.

The court's unanimous decision said Breivik showed a "real and significant" risk of violence equal to when he was first sentenced, Reuters reported. When he entered the courtroom, Breivik gave a Nazi salute and held a sign written in English that read, "Stop your genocide against our white nations."

Breivik is currently serving Norway's maximum sentence of 21 years, but under a provision that he could be kept behind bars indefinitely if he is deemed a threat to society, the AP reported. However, he was eligible to seek early release after serving the first 10 years of his sentence.

On the first day of his parole hearing earlier in January, Breivik flashed a Nazi salute while claiming that he renounced violence, saying it was "behind me forever," The Guardian reported, adding that he offered to give up far-right politics and live abroad if he was released from prison. During his testimony, he blamed his crime on online radicalization and being brainwashed by far-right extremists.

The AP reported that the court's ruling on Tuesday said Breivik "used extreme violence as a tool to achieve his own political goals," and the court "has no doubt that (Breivik) still today has the ability to commit new serious crimes that may expose others to danger."

A psychiatrist who has observed Breivik since 2012 told the court during the parole hearing Breivik still suffers from "asocial, histrionic and narcissistic" personality disorders, Newsweek reported.

"We cannot assume that (Breivik) is now non-violent. His verbal assurances and his word of honor are of little value, even if he believes what he says," the three judges wrote in their ruling on Tuesday, according to France24.

The psychiatrist told the court that Breivik can't be trusted and "there is an imminent danger that, if released, Breivik would again commit serious crimes," according to the AP.

Breivik is now allowed apply for parole again in one year, and he can apply each year if the requests keep getting denied, France24 added.

Anders Behring Breivik Denied Parole
Convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik was denied parole Tuesday after a Norwegian court said there is “an obvious risk” he could return to his previous behaviors. Above, Breivik is seen in court. Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB / AFP/Getty Images