January 18th Breivik filed a legal complaint against Ila prison director Knut Bjarkeid and the minister of justice Grete Faremo for exposing him to various forms of torture. The media fails to properly report on what’s going on, but his grievances are:
- Being kept in isolation for over half a year, which is known to cause psychological damage.
- Being awoken at frequent intervals during the night, also known as sleep deprivation.
- Being in a freezing cold cell without proper clothing, this issue may have been addressed.
- Being placed in painful handcuffs whenever he is moved.
- Being subjected to daily strip and cavity searches, a form of psychological torture.
- Being systematically degraded by the prison guards, a form of psychological torture.
- Being denied freedom of speech, likely in violation of the Norwegian constitution.
As Breivik might want to take this to the European Court of Human Rights this means he first has to try to resolve the conflict internally with the prison staff, which is probably the reason he waited several months before filing this legal complaint.