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Convict's girlfriend sues over strip search

James Savage · 10 Aug 2010, 21:18

Published: 10 Aug 2010 21:18 GMT+02:00

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The 27-year-old woman was strip searched during a visit to Tidaholm jail in western Sweden, where her boyfriend has been held since 2007.

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.

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The jail is a category B jail, the second most secure class of prison in Sweden.

James Savage (james.savage@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

00:23 August 11, 2010 by grantike
hahha not again. compensation ohh really for strip searching.?? sverige

i taught apology would do

Given that the type of inspection in question is an incredible violation of privacy, ok now what money right ??
04:30 August 11, 2010 by volvoman9
Well... if one has the choice then take the dog!
04:47 August 11, 2010 by Da Goat
I do admire her loyalty though ... her crime is bad taste in men it seems

she should have taken the oportunity to get herself a new one!

and i would hazard a guess they only pay compensation if they took photos, no photos no compo love !

how does one know you are not just scamming the system ..... probably the reason she was visiting for in the first place!
09:04 August 11, 2010 by LeoKinmann
was she hot?
09:30 August 11, 2010 by locaxy
"how does one know you are not just scamming the system"

The way I see it, the system is scamming us. Why are they wasting taxpayer's money checking for narcotics in the first place?
10:18 August 11, 2010 by SarahRF
You get searched and what not when boarding a plane. Why is she surprised she got searched while going to an almost-maximum-security prison? Please. Being strip searched isn't fun, but come on. How else are you to control what comes in to a prison? Prison is not a home away from home, or a holiday, it's a punishment. And just like your crimes don't only affect you, your punishment doesn't only affect you either.
10:23 August 11, 2010 by Localer
definitely an immigrant.
11:34 August 11, 2010 by jack sprat
A very attractive immigrant at that no doubt!
11:49 August 11, 2010 by caradoc
Why is it that posters such as Localer and Jack the sprat regardless of what story they are posting about allways bring up a question of imigration. Is it because they are only interested in this or do they lack any imagination regarding other news items?

This is real news regarding human rights and these two idiots start talking about something else.
12:18 August 11, 2010 by Audrian
Install an An x-ray machine and giving visitores a choice between body search that is free and an x-ray examination for which they pay for the service.
15:39 August 11, 2010 by l33tshane
"LeoKinmann: was she hot?"

my thoughts exactly.
20:11 August 11, 2010 by sigfus45
I do not know of any expectation of privacy in Swedish jails. Perhaps someone could correct me if I am wrong. Convicts, guards, and visitors are all subject to search. The Chancellor of Justice may not personally like such controls which are very uncommon in her social milieu, but then prisons do not contain the kind of nice people she may be accustomed to. Any person wanting to greatly lessen thier chance of being strip searched should avoid jails and borders.
08:46 August 12, 2010 by Antonioparco
Only morons or desperate housewives who fall for criminals(especially foreigners)..pathetic
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