Anders Breivik who slaughtered 77 people is to study human rights, minority rights and democracy at Oslo University.
The three year course is held in the same building that some survivors of his attacks attend. The majority of his July 22, 2011 terror victims were young, and some used to attend Oslo University.
The Norwegian killing machine will conduct all his academic affairs from the comfort of his prison cell. He will have access to books but not the internet. Despite revulsion to his massacre of 77 people four years ago, Oslo University has admitted him as a student.
The Daily Mirror reports:
Oslo University rector Ole Petter Ottersen said: “He meets the admission requirements. We stick to our rules and he will be admitted.”
He added that prisoners are eligible to study as long as their academic grades are good enough.
Many were appalled when Breivik, who holds far-right anti-Muslim views and has shown no remorse, applied for the three-year bachelor’s course in political science.
Some students now at the university survived his attacks, while others had friends or relatives killed.
Mr Ottersen said: “I realise there are many feelings involved here. He tried to demolish the system. We have to stay faithful to it,”
The course includes study of democracy, human rights and respect for minorities.
Breivik, now 36, planted a bomb on July 22, 2011 in central Oslo that killed eight people and destroyed the government headquarters.
He then travelled to an island where the then-ruling Labour Party was holding a summer camp and shot dead 69 people, many of them teenagers.
Under the terms of his sentence, Breivik is held in solitary confinement and will be unable to attend lectures or seminars.
All his work will go via prison staff, with no direct contact with professors.
“His study will be carried out exclusively in his own cell,” Ottersen added.
Breivik has access to books but not the Internet.
Norway will open a “July 22 Centre” next week in Oslo with information and exhibits about the attacks.
Some relatives and survivors fear it risks becoming a Breivik “hall of fame”.
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