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'Super bunker' houses Sweden's top criminals

The Local · 14 Aug 2009, 10:20

Published: 14 Aug 2009 10:20 GMT+02:00

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The "super bunker" has been designed to house the most dangerous criminals in the country and those considered most likely to attempt an escape.

Among the inmates already placed in the facility are Mehdi Seyyed Hosseini Nazari, the leader of organized crime gang Bandidos, who is serving time for a conviction for the blowing up of two cars in central Gothenburg.

Seyyed is joined by Mårten Tammiharju, who is connected to the criminal network Fucked for Life (FFL), and who was given six years and nine months for shooting at two police officers in Västerås while on the run.

A third inmate is Milivoje Jokovic who was convicted and imprisoned for smuggling cocaine from the Netherlands to Stockholm.

Further inmates include Emin Isakovic, convicted for a slew of bank robberies in western Sweden.

The bunker was built on instruction from the government after Tammiharju and two fellow inmates escaped from Norrtälje prison in 2004. Three further escape attempts in the same year left the Swedish prisons service in turmoil.

Last Tuesday the new high-security bunker was opened at Kumla, Sweden's most notorious high-security prison located in the Nerike countryside, and has been described as escape-proof.

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The bunker is guarded by 50 staff, twice the normal ratio, and prisoners are housed in 12 square metre cells under 24 hour surveillance, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

"Security is in every way substantially higher here than at all other locations across the country," said Christer Isaksson, who is in charge of security at Kumla, to the newspaper.

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Your comments about this article

11:27 August 14, 2009 by canuk
fly them to the centre of siberia. dont cage them, give them means to feed themselves and leave. Why are tax payer dollars being wasted on this.
12:38 August 14, 2009 by bolababu
because tax-payers lives and property need to be protected.

so much for "europe for europeans"!!
18:22 August 14, 2009 by La Figaro
This looks like a very expensive venture. It will be a lot cheaper to just have a small structure for them in the middle of the Sahara or Kalahari desert or better still, give them water and food then dump them on one of the numerous uninhabited islands in the atlantic ocean.

Or put them in a normal prison but with some extra precautions/measures taken like building a reinforced part for their isolation, regular monitoring, having them wear tags etc.
02:10 August 15, 2009 by Greg in Canada
The cheapest solution would be to bring back capital punishment and shoot them. It costs the taxpayer of money a lot to house a criminal. And me suggesting that we simply shoot these losers is just as politically incorrect in Canada as it is in Sweden.
17:37 August 15, 2009 by Random Guy
who decided who is top crimi? First time in my life I hear that courier, person who transport drugs, is dangerous crimi, he is last whole on instrument. prison is business for private companies and therefore ministry of justice imagined reasons to take money from budget and to pay it to private companies. Real thieves are those for whom people give a vote at elections.
11:59 August 17, 2009 by wiganer
And then I read that your country is to abolish conscription to the army! Send these low lifes out to the Afganistan, were they can be used as cannon fodder. If they get killed - so what?

In the UK the older generation say it was the worst thing that our country did, getting rid of it.
07:37 August 20, 2009 by farnoxo
hmmm - I still like the idea of South Africa's Correctional Services Minister, Sipo Mzimela, who wanted to convert old mine shafts into prisons - very cost effective and only one direction to escape....up!
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