Anders Breivik: Norwegian mass murderer is threatening to go on a hunger strike until he get's a newer Playstation.

Imprisoned Mass Murderer Threatens to Go On a Hunger Strike Until He Gets a Newer Playstation

Imprisoned Mass Murderer Threatens to Go On a Hunger Strike Until He Gets a Newer Playstation

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Feb. 14 2014 11:07 AM

Anders Breivik Is Threatening to Go On a Hunger Strike Until He Gets a Newer Playstation

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This photo shows a letter sent to AFP by Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik in Oslo, Norway on February 14, 2014. Breivik threatens to start a hunger strike for improved prison conditions which he likened to 'torture'.

Photo by Pierre-Henry Deshayes/AFP/Getty Images

Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people (most of them teenagers) during twin terror attacks in the summer of 2011, wants the world to know that he's being treated "worse than an animal" in prison and is considering going on a hunger strike until the "torture"-like living conditions improve.

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Just how bad are things for the admitted and unrepentant killer? Well, for one, he says he's being forced to play his video games on an out-of-date Playstation 2 instead of a newer model. (Oh, the humanity.) Here are the rest of Breivik's demands, which he recently detailed in a letter to the AFP and that are unlikely to provoke a whole lot of sympathy from the world at large:

The demands include better conditions for his daily walk and the right to communicate more freely with the outside world, which he argues are in line with European rights legislation. He also demanded that his PlayStation 2 games console be upgraded to a Playstation 3 "with access to more adult games that I get to choose myself". ...
Breivik also wants his standard weekly allowance of 300 kroner ($49, 36 euros) to be doubled, particularly to cover his postal charges from written correspondence. Other demands include an end to daily physical searches, and access to a PC rather than to a "worthless typewriter with technology dating back to 1873".

(Note: I'm guessing given he's specifically asking for a Playstation 3 that he's unaware that a newer model, the Playstation 4, came out this past fall. Either that, or the request is an odd show of moderation for a prisoner asking for new toys.)

Breivik was deemed sane by a Norwegian court in the summer of 2012 and sentenced to 21 years in prison, the most-severe sentence allowed under the Scandinavian country's laws but one that could be extended if he's still considered a danger to society when his sentence is up. He's been kept in isolation since 2011 for security reasons, something that he is now arguing entitles him to a wider "selection of activities" than other inmates to compensate for his lack of human interaction.

Details of Breivik's current conditions are a bit unclear, although Norwegian news reports from the time of his sentencing suggested that he was going to be kept in a three-room cell complete with an exercise area and a television.

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