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University rejects killer Breivik

Convicted mass killer Anders Breivik's application for admission to the University of Oslo's political science programme has been rejected.

University rector Ole Petter Ottersen said the 34-year-old right-wing extremist has been informed "that his qualifications do not suffice for admission to the bachelor programme".

Breivik is serving a 21-year prison sentence, which can be extended when it expires, for killing 77 people in bomb and gun massacres two years ago.

His university application stirred a debate in Norway over whether someone convicted of such a horrific crime should even be considered for higher education.

Prison officials said they had no reason to deny him the right to study in his cell if admitted by a university.

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