Breivik says is being tortured in Norwegian prison-lawyer

Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:07pm EST
 

By Gwladys Fouche

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik says he is being tortured in prison because he is held in isolation and subjected to body searches, and has made a formal complaint to police about his treatment, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Police will now investigate the complaints made by Breivik against Norwegian Justice Minister Grete Faremo and Knut Bjarkeid, director of the maximum security Ila prison on the outskirts of Oslo where he is being held.

"Breivik has made a complaint to the police of torture," his lawyer, Tord Joret, told Reuters.

"Breivik believes they are trying to make his situation in prison as unlivable and unbearable as possible so as to pressure him to commit suicide."

In July 2011, the far-right militant killed 77 people in a bombing in central Oslo and a shooting spree on a nearby island in attacks that stunned Norway's five million inhabitants.

Since then he has been held in solitary confinement inside the prison where his cell comprises of three rooms: one to sleep, a second for study and a third for exercise, each measuring about eight square meters (86 square feet).

"Breivik says he has been totally isolated from other inmates for one-and-half year, that he has been subjected to degrading body inspections and that he has had no possibilities to get fresh air nor to have recreational activity," said Joret.

He added Breivik believed his freedom of speech had been infringed.   Continued...

 
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik cries as he watches a video presented by the prosecution during his terrorism and murder trial, in a courtroom in Oslo April 16, 2012. REUTERS/Heiko Junge/Pool