Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed 77 people in two incidents in 2011, attended a parole hearing Tuesday, giving a Nazi salute to the judge.
The far-right fanatic — who killed eight in a detonated a car bomb outside the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in Oslo and then traveled to a summer camp connected to the country’s left-wing Labor Party in Utøya and shot and killed 69 people, most of them teenagers, on July 22, 2011 — used the hearing to spread white supremacist messages.
Breivik, 42, entered the courtroom with racist messages pinned to his blazer and bag as well as a sign with a similar messages.
“Today, I strongly dissociate myself from violence and terror,” he said during the hearing. “I hereby give you my word of honor that this is behind me forever.”
Breivik, who was sentenced to 21 years in prison after the massacre, is eligible to seek parole, but his sentence can be extended as long as the court determines he’s a danger to society. Prison officials have kept Breivik isolated because of his attempts to start a fascist party and correspond with far-right figures in the U.S. and Europe and potentially inspire others to commit acts of terrorism.
The court is expected to make a decision regarding Breivik’s parole later this month