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Charges following detainee’s ‘high-pressure’ bath

The commander on duty of a Swedish detention centre has been charged after a 29-year-old inmate was forcefully stripped, handcuffed, and doused with a fire hose.

Charges following detainee's 'high-pressure' bath

The inmate was then placed in solitary confinement soaking wet and naked, as his clothes had been shredded when they were torn off by detention centre staff, reports the Metro newspaper.

Seven guards were involved in the incident, which took place in January 2007 after staff at the centre grew tired of the inmate’s refusal to attend to his personal hygiene.

“Naturally a completely unacceptable way to solve such a problem. The commander in question was assigned to other duties some time ago,” said detention centre head Agneta Kempe told Metro.

The commander of the Huddinge detention facility south of Stockholm has been charged with professional misconduct in Södertörn district court. He confirms the forced “high pressure shower” took place, but objects to being held responsible for the incident.

The 29-year-old inmate was being held at the time for violating laws governing the rights of foreign nationals to reside in Sweden.

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Swedish man locked up for porn surfer extortion

A Swedish man who sent bills to thousands of alleged porn surfers and threatened to publish their names if they failed to pay has been sentenced to two and a half years' jail for extortion.

Swedish man locked up for porn surfer extortion
A Swedish man has been sentenced to prison. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/SCANPIX

The 42-year-old, who had acquired the Swedish rights for streaming videos on a foreign website, sent bills to people he claimed had watched the clips, demanding payment ranging from tens to hundreds of euros.

For those who refused to pay, he raised the amount and threatened to call the police or publish their names on an online “porn blacklist” detailing which videos they had watched and then refused to pay for.

He admitted to 31 cases of aggravated extortion and to 526 cases of attempted extortion. The offences took place in 2012 and 2013.

“The district court has determined that the plaintiffs were subjected to aggravated extortion in the cases where it is proven that they received a bill of this kind,” a court in Malmö, southern Sweden, said in a statement on Monday.

The man told the regional daily Sydsvenskan in 2013 that he had earned millions of kronor (hundreds of thousands of dollars) legally through his website from users who had agreed to the prices mentioned in its terms and conditions.

Although users never left their contact details on the site, he was able to trace them through a list of IP addresses he bought from Sweden's largest internet service provider.