Convict's girlfriend sues over strip search
James Savage · 10 Aug 2010, 21:18
Published: 10 Aug 2010 21:18 GMT+02:00
Jail officials told her that all visitors that day were being either strip-searched or inspected by drug-detecting dogs, following an order from the prison service's regional headquarters. The type of search to which each visitor was subjected was selected at random.
“She had never before been forced to undergo a body search at Tidaholm since her partner arrived there in October 2007,” her lawyer, Ricard Nilsson, wrote in a letter to the Chancellor of Justice.
In a letter to Nilsson, the prison service confirmed that the woman had at no point been suspected of any crime.
“Given that the type of inspection in question is an incredible violation of privacy, my client is asking why she should have had to undergo it,” Nilsson wrote.
The woman is now asking Chancellor of Justice Anna Skarhed to order the prison service to pay compensation. The chancellor, one of Sweden’s top legal officials, has previously criticized random strip searches, Ricard Nilsson claims.
The jail is a category B jail, the second most secure class of prison in Sweden.