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.
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.