Breivik complains about prison restrictions

Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, convicted of killing 77 people last year, has complained that prison conditions are violating his human rights, one of his lawyers said on Thursday.

Breivik complains about prison restrictions
Photo: Vegard Grøtt/Scanpix (File)

The 33-year-old right-wing extremist has sent a letter to Norway's correctional services in which he criticizes the high-security regime he has been subjected to for more than a year, and the restrictions placed on his correspondence.

After his prison sentence was handed down on August 24th, Breivik has in practice been denied access to the computer which was provided for him, without internet, before the court ruling, lawyer Tord Jordet said.

Furthermore, all letters he sends and receives are censored as soon as politics is mentioned, he added.

"His freedom of speech is being violated," Jordet told AFP. "Being deprived of this freedom of expression breaches the constitution and human rights."

Breivik, who has been separated from other inmates since his arrest, has also complained over daily searches of his cell and of himself, and claims he is deprived of recreational and social activities.

"Such treatment isn't human," Jordet said.

The Norwegian Ministry of Justice declined to comment.

Breivik was given Norway's maximum sentence of 21 years in jail, which can be extended indefinitely. He is expected to spend most of that time at the Ila prison near Oslo.

In addition to his cell, he should also have access to an exercise room and a computer room.

However, access to those facilities is controlled by the prison authorities who, according to Jordet, haven't replied to his requests in recent weeks to use the computer.

Accusing his victims of fostering multiculturalism, Breivik on July 22nd last year detonated a bomb outside the centre-left government's headquarters and gunned down participants at a youth camp on the island of Utøya, killing a total of 77 people.

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Norway mosque shooter ‘has admitted the facts’: Police

A Norwegian man suspected of killing his step sister and opening fire in a mosque near Oslo last weekend, has admitted to the crimes though he has not officially entered a plea, police said on Friday.

Norway mosque shooter 'has admitted the facts': Police
Philip Manshaus appears in court on August 12. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Philip Manshaus, 21, was remanded in custody Monday, suspected of murder and a “terrorist act” that police say he filmed himself committing.
Answering police questions on Friday, “the suspect admits the facts but has not taken a formal position as to the charges,” Oslo police official Pal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby said in a statement.
Manshaus is suspected of murdering his 17-year-old step sister Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, before entering the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb and opening fire before he was overpowered by a 65-year-old man.
Just three worshippers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious injuries.
Manshaus appeared in court this week with two black eyes and scrapes and bruises to his face, neck and hands.
Police have said he has “extreme right views” and “xenophobic positions” and that he had filmed the mosque attack with a camera mounted on a helmet. He had initially denied the accusations.
The incident came amid a rise in white supremacy attacks around the world, including the recent El Paso massacre in the United States.
Norway witnessed one of the worst-ever attacks by a rightwing extremist in July 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik, who said he feared a “Muslim invasion”, killed 77 people in a truck bomb blast near government offices in Oslo and a shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utøya.