The Department of Penitentiary and Rehabilitation Services (DPRS) has reportedly decided to place cellular jammers in all the country’s jails to prevent inmates from communicating with the outside using mobile phones.
The DPRS announced that it would be purchasing cellular jammers in the edition of the government gazette dated 18th April.
Minister for Home Affairs Mohamed Shihab said he did not want to give any information about the cellular jammers as it was “the concern of the DPRS.”
DPRS Director General Mohamed Rasheed said he also would not give any information on the cellular jammers.
”It’s not good for us to tell you how many guns and bullets the police have,” he said. ”You also should know it is not very good to [publish] all the information on the armed forces and their work.”
However, Press Secretary for the President Mohamed Zuhair confirmed that the government was trying to establish cellular jammer in all the jails.
Zuhair said that it would make the jail security level more advanced.
”Many times we have noticed inmates receiving assistance from people outside,” he said. ”They have connection with people outside.”
He said after the cellular jammer was installed a land line would provided for the inmates’ use, ”so they can reach their family and relatives in a regulated manner.”
State Minister for Home Ahmed Adil has recently claimed that jail officers help inmates to bring in mobile phones and drugs to the cells.
He told Minivan News that several jail officers were being investigated on suspicion of helping inmates to bring mobile phones and drugs into cells in Male’ prison.
“Three inmates and several jail officers we suspect [to be involved] have been moved to Dhoonidhu [prison] for investigation,” he said.
Inmates in Male’ Prison last week damaged their cells after jail officers seized mobile phones and other contraband.