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Jails recruit “spies” to boost security

The Swedish Prison and Probation Administration has begun to recruit staff for a new organization designed to combat the growing criminal network inside prisons and jails.

This subsection of the Prison and Probation Administration is an indirect result of last summer’s extreme number of prisoner escapes, which sparked public awareness and strong criticism of the Swedish prison system.

”Prisoners already assume that there are spy activities in prisons, but now we can map out the risks and clarify them,” said Christer Isaksson, head of security for the Swedish Prison and Probation Administration, to Svenska Dagbladet.

Twenty specially trained liaisons will be based out of 12 of the country’s largest prisons.

The majority of those liaisons have already been reporting on security risks within those jails, but the new framework will allow for a more organized task force, with their managerial body based in Norrköping.

According to Isaksson, the organization will make activities inside prisons more apparent. ”If we can expose and follow violent actions and escape attempts early on, it will be a good investment,” he said.

Erin Earley

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Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

The man behind the knife attack at Sweden's Almedalen political festival has been active in the militant neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, Swedish media have reported.

Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

He has taken part in several neo-Nazi demonstrations over the past few years and has also expressed support for the extreme right Alternative for Sweden party on social media, the Expressen newspaper reported.

The Moderate MP Hanif Bali said on Twitter after the news came out that the stabbing was “a terror attack”. “This is nothing other than a terror attack”. 

The man stabbed a woman in the upper body at the Donners plats square only a minute’s walk from the stage where all eight of Sweden’s parliamentary party leaders are making speeches this week at the Almedalen political festival. The women is being treated for severe injuries at the Visby Lasarett hospital. 

The 30-something attacker fled the scene but was stopped and arrested by Lars Reuterberg, a 69-year-old pensioner. 

Reuterberg told the TT newswire that he had heard someone shout “stop him!” and then seen a man jump over a fence from the corner restaurant. 

“I thought he’d nicked a bag or something, and my spontaneous reaction was ‘I should take him down’. He wasn’t such a big guy, certainly no bodybuilder, so I tried to look a little uninterested, but when he came near me he ended up on the end of mighty great shove.” 

The man flew into a door and then just lay here. “It was only then I saw that he had a knife, which I hadn’t known earlier, because then I might have acted differently,” he said. 

“I’m livid now,” he went on. “This is the world’s most unique political week, a people’s festival where you can meet politicians and celebrities and everyone says ‘hi’, where there are journalists and everything. And this nutter goes and wrecks it all.” 

“I’m quite proud of myself,” he admitted. “I was never afraid. I’m afraid now for the woman who got stabbed.”

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