Prisoners complain of headaches after scramblers planted in Shata prison


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[ 27/08/2011 – 12:56 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Shata prison complained of pain in the head after cell phone scramblers were planted in the prison, a prisoner rights group reported.

The devices are designed to scramble cell phone calls made by cell phones smuggled into the prison.

The prisoners have filed complaints but have yet to see a response, said Raafat Hamdouna, director of the Prisoners’ Studies Center in Palestine.

He added that studies have concluded negative effects of cell phone scramblers, calling them a cause of cancer.

Akram Masour was one of the prisoners to develop head tumors believed to be the result of strong radiation from cellular devices.

The prison moved the devices near the prisoner population in response to complaints from the prison guards that they wanted them to moved away from their offices, Hamdouna said in a press statement on Saturday.

For many prisoners, smuggled cell phones are the only means of contact with the outside world because they have been stripped of visitation rights.

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