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Carrier pigeons fly cellphones to prisoners in Brazil 巴西囚犯靠飛鴿傳手機

In this March 12, 2009 picture, an abandoned renovation project on Main Street has become a home for pigeons in El Centro, California.三月十二日,加州艾爾森特羅商店街上一處廢棄的整建計畫區已成為鴿子窩。照片:法新社

PHOTO: AFP

To smuggle cellphones into prison, Brazilian prisoners have turned to a much older form of communication: carrier pigeons.

Guards have caught two carrier pigeons carrying cellphones into a prison in Sorocaba, some 100km from Sao Paolo, a spokeswoman told AFP.

“Prison agents found the pigeons outside the Danilo Pinheiro prison but, fortunately, the birds did not have time to enter the prison building with the material,” said Rosana Alberto.

Each pigeon was carrying a small bag containing a cellphone and charger, she said. The birds were caught on two successive days.

The pigeons are a new twist to an old story. Criminal organizations like “Red Commando” in Rio de Janeiro or the “First Commando of the Capital” in Sao Paulo, which are well established in the prisons, have extensive supply networks.

They use accomplices, from lawyers to corrupt prison guards, to smuggle in drugs, weapons and cellphones to the prisoners, according to the police.(afp)

巴西囚犯為了偷渡手機入獄,竟然把腦筋動到古早的通信方法:飛鴿。

一名女發言人對法新社表示,獄警抓到兩隻運送手機到索羅卡巴(距聖保羅約一百公里)一處監獄的鴿子。

羅莎娜.艾勃托說:「獄方人員在達尼諾皮涅羅監獄外發現這兩隻鴿子,所幸牠們還沒來得及將東西送進獄中。」

她說,這兩隻鴿子各帶了一個小袋子,裡面裝著一隻手機和充電器。牠們接連在上週三和上週四被捉到。

飛鴿只是推陳出新的新花招。像里約熱內盧「紅色突擊隊」或聖保羅「首都第一突擊隊」這類在獄中勢力穩固的犯罪組織,都擁有龐大的支援網。

警方表示,從律師到貪污獄警都被他們買通,會幫忙挾帶毒品、武器和手機給囚犯。

(法新社╱翻譯:袁星塵)

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Brazilian prisons are frequently subject to mass escapes and violent riots. Conditions inside the prisons are thought to be amongst the worst in the world.

巴西監獄時常爆發囚犯集體越獄或嚴重暴動事件,其獄中環境被認為是全世界最糟。


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