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Anders Breivik Told Having An Old Playstation In Prison Does Not Count As 'Torture'

25/02/2014 13:12 GMT | Updated 25/02/2014 13:59 GMT

Police in Norway have rejected a lengthy complaint from Anders Breivik, who said that his treatment in jail – including the quality of his video games – amounted to "serious torture."

The Norwegian right-wing extremist, who systematically slaughtered 77 people, had said that unless he was given better video games in jail he would go on a hunger strike.

The complaint filed in January last year was examined by police but a preliminary investigation was closed on Monday according to police commissioner Ingrid Wirum.

"On this basis we have concluded that neither the prison in Ila nor the people mentioned in the complaint are guilty of any wrongdoing," Ms Wirum told AFP.

Lawyer Tord Jordet said his client Breivik "was not surprised" by the decision, The Local reported.

"He noted that the case has been closed despite significant documentation which demonstrates the violation of European prison regulations and human rights," Mr Jordet said.

"It does not seem that the police wanted to investigate thoroughly."

In a four-page hand-written letter to penitentiary officials, Breivik described the prison where is being held as “hell” and made a list of 12 demands to improve the “torture-like” conditions he claimed he is being forced to live in.

Breivik's requests included that the Playstation 2 he has access to is replaced by a more recent Playstation 3. He also requested a computer to replace his “worthless” typewriter.

He also requested a sofa to replace the “painful” chair in his cell and that his weekly allowance be doubled to £60.

"You've put me in hell ... and I won't manage to survive that long. You are killing me," he wrote in a letter to prison authorities In November.

Breivik was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for his bombing near government buildings in Oslo that killed eight people, and a mass shooting on the island of Utoya that left 69 people, mostly teenagers, dead.

Breivik, in solitary confinement since 2011 for security reasons, claims he has behaved “in an exemplary fashion” and deserves an improved “activities offer” compared to other inmates.