Norwegian Mass Killer Complains About Prison

Anders Behring Breivik equates his writing restrictions to 'sadism'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 9, 2012 6:22 PM CST

(Newser) – Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage, has complained that he is being held in inhumane conditions and is being denied freedom of expression. "He has written a long complaint that he is being held in a section with particularly high security," his lawyer, Tord Jordet, tells the AP. "He is today the only one in this ward and the security regime is the strictest in Norway."

In his letter to prison officials, Breivik protested that the censorship of his letters was so strict that his freedom of expression was being impinged upon, Jordet said. Norwegian tabloid VG quoted Breivik as saying he was allowed to use only a soft and bendable safety pen that cramps his hand, describing it as "an almost indescribable manifestation of sadism." Breivik is serving a 21-year term that can be extended indefinitely.

This Aug. 24 photo shows mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik making a salute after his arrival at the court room in Oslo.
This Aug. 24 photo shows mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik making a salute after his arrival at the court room in Oslo.   (Heiko Junge)
This April 19, 2012, file photo shows Anders Behring Breivik's hand holding his specially made soft pen in court. He is complaining about it to prison officials.
This April 19, 2012, file photo shows Anders Behring Breivik's hand holding his specially made soft pen in court. He is complaining about it to prison officials.   (Heiko Junge)
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