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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Breivik complains about face cream and cold coffee

PRISON does not appear to agree with Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who massacred 77 people.

It appears that the far-right extremist finds the conditions 'inhumane'. He has listed his bitter complaints in a letter to the prison service: his coffee is served cold, he doesn't get enough butter for his bread and he is not allowed moisturiser. Breivik is serving a minimum 21-year sentence for the bombings and shootings in Oslo and Utoya island last July.

The Norwegian authorities have not commented on the letter. However, his lawyer said that the details of the 27-page document leaked to Norway's 'VG' newspaper are authentic.

Isolation

Breivik is being held in almost complete isolation -- 23 hours a day, he says -- at Ila prison outside Oslo.

His cell includes three sections, one to sleep, one for study and a third for exercise -- each measuring 8 sq m. In the letter, he complains that the cell is poorly decorated and has no view. "I highly doubt that there are worse detention facilities in Norway," he writes.

Among his other complaints are: the handcuffs he wears when being moved around the prison "are too sharp and "cut in his wrist", the cell is too cold, forcing him to wear three layers of clothes, he has to rush his morning shave and brushing of teeth, and the light and television switches are outside the cell, so he has to ask for help to change channel or sleep.

Ila is an all-male institution which "houses some of the country's most dangerous men", its website says.

However, it differs markedly from other maximum security jails in western Europe. The staff is half men and half women. None are armed.

Breivik massacred 77 people, most of them teenagers at a youth camp.

His 21-year sentence can be indefinitely extended for as long as he is considered a danger to society.

Irish Independent

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