Brevik says that solitary confinement is ‘torture’

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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, his lawyer has said.

Police will now investigate the complaints, made by Breivik against justice minister Grete Faremo and Knut Bjarkeid, director of the maximum security prison where he is being held.

“Breivik has made a complaint to the police of torture,” his lawyer, Tord Joret, said. “Breivik believes they are trying to make his situation in prison as unbearable as possible so as to pressure him to commit suicide.”

In July 2011, the far-right militant killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting spree.

Since then he has been held in solitary confinement. His cell has three rooms: one to sleep, a second for study and a third for exercise, each measuring about 8sq m (86sq ft).