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Mass murderer Breivik seeks early release

By AAP Newswire

Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian political extremist who was jailed for bomb and shooting attacks that killed 77 people in 2011, is seeking early release from prison, his lawyer says.

In August 2012, Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the attacks in Oslo and at a Labour Party youth camp near the capital.

Lawyer Oystein Storrvik said he had applied for parole on behalf of his client, in comments to newspaper Verdens Gang.

Breivik has the legal right to a judicial review of his application for early release when he has served 10 years in prison, the minimum stated in his sentence, his lawyer said.

Breivik - who has changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen - is also planning another lawsuit against the Norwegian government, complaining that his prison conditions contravene his human rights, Storrvik said.

Breivik previously sued unsuccessfully for the same reasons.