Oslo (AFP) - A Norwegian court said it will deliver its verdict Wednesday on a lawsuit brought by mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik over what he says are his "inhuman" prison conditions.
Norway's most notorious inmate has been detained in a high-security prison unit since he massacred 77 people in a bombing and gun rampage in 2011.
The 37-year-old rightwing extremist claimed during the March hearing into his lawsuit that his solitary confinement was a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
But the state's lawyers argued that his isolation was necessary because Breivik is "extremely dangerous", and said his conditions fall "well within the limits of what is permitted" under the European convention.
Breivik used the hearings -- held in the gymnasium of the Skien prison in Telemark where he is incarcerated -- to promote his extremist views and at the opening of proceedings made a Nazi salute.
He is serving a maximum 21-year sentence -- which can be extended if he is still considered dangerous -- for killing eight people in a bombing outside a government building in Oslo and then murdering another 69, mostly teenagers, in a shooting spree on at a Labour Youth camp on the island of Utoya in July 2011.