Norway Wants Tougher Laws After 77 Die In Attacks

Anders Behring Breivik

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An opinion poll conducted by the newspaper Verdens Gang has found that¬†65.5 per cent of Norwegians think the current penalties for serious crimes were “too low” (via Reuters).The survey asked 1,283 people about Norway‘s laws 6 days after the attacks in Oslo and the island Utoya last month.

Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in the attacks. Under Norway’s current laws he may only face 21 years in prison, though judges could refuse to release him indefinitely.

Norway’s justice system is either humane or lenient depending on your viewpoint. Last week footage of the jail Breivik may be sent to shocked many with its facilities and tasteful design.

¬†“We must listen and have a debate, while not draw hasty conclusions… it’s important that policy isn’t shaped in a state of panic,” Justice Minister Knut Storberget told VG.

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