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Prison’s mobile phone blocker does not work

The system designed to disrupt mobile signals coming into Sweden’s high-security Hall prison is not working as it is supposed to, allowing prisoners to use mobile phones, Dagens Nyheter has reported.

The installation at the prison – the first prison to receive this technology in Sweden – has been a failure, said those responsible at facility in Södertälje, south of Stockholm.

It is clear today that the signal-disrupting system, something the correctional system promised to have running before 2006, is too expensive for other high-security institutions to obtain. Now, the prisons service has no way to block mobile signals to prisoners.

The system was intended to block out both mobile signals inside the prison walls and register them.

Per-Åke Palmquist, Hall’s chief, said the system sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t work. He said this is unacceptable.

Although the system is unable to block all incoming calls, it is still able to register those that do come in, allowing Hall to see phone traffic.

“We have had problems,” said Palmquist. “The first function works perfectly, that is detecting incoming and outgoing signals from mobile phones. But when it comes to blocking telephone signals, it has proven to not work effectively.”

The system was inspected Thursday, but the results are unknown.

“We want it to really work, not just 90 percent,” Palmquist said.

CRIME

Prosecutors charge Malmö student for killing two teachers

Swedish prosecutors said on Wednesday they had charged an 18-year-old student with two counts of murder after the March killing of two teachers at his school.

Prosecutors charge Malmö student for killing two teachers

“On March 21, an 18-year-old man attacked two female teachers at the Malmo Latin School with a knife and axe,” the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement, adding that the two women had died from their injuries.

“Now the man, who himself was a student at the school, is charged with two counts of murder,” it continued.

The man was arrested shortly after the attack which took place at the creative arts high school, which has more than 1,000 students in Sweden’s third-biggest city Malmo in southern Sweden.

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Anders Elison, the accused’s lawyer, told AFP that his client has admitted to the killings since his arrest and continues to do so.

According to Elison, the young man had suffered from mental health issues and on the day he had entered the school thinking that he would not come out alive.

“He wanted to put himself in a situation where there was no turning back for him to continue his own life,” Elison said.

The trial will commence at the Malmo district court on July 20, according to Elison.

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