Monday 11 December 2017

Russian jail foils feline 'phone smuggler'

Guards show a cat which they catch on clandestine mission at the Penal Colony No. 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in the Komi province, 1,000 kms northeast of Moscow, Russia
Guards show a cat which they catch on clandestine mission at the Penal Colony No. 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in the Komi province, 1,000 kms northeast of Moscow, Russia

Tom Parfitt Moscow

A CAT that was apparently ready to 'break in' to a Russian prison has been stopped with two mobile phones and two adapters strapped to its stomach.

Guards seized the black-and-white cat (pictured left) after they noticed it on the perimeter fence of the Verkhny Chov jail in the northern Komi region.

Prison authorities said the animal had been "detained in the act of trying to deliver forbidden objects".

They said it was the first case of its kind at the jail, and the most inventive attempt to smuggle goods to inmates since a SIM card and a phone were brought into the penal colony inside a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Convicts in Russia are not allowed to have phones, although wealthier inmates sometimes pay off guards in order to keep one. In 2011, the governor of a prison in the Volgograd region lost his job after he was found to be supplying jailed crime bosses with cells fitted with plasma televisions, fish tanks, and drinks cabinets stocked with vodka and whisky.

In January, a cat was caught as it tried to slip through the gates of a prison in Arapiraca, Brazil. Strapped to its body were a mobile telephone, several drill bits and a small saw. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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