Photo shows corridor inside Roumieh prison. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Mobile phone jamming devices installed last year in Roumieh's notorious prison have so far been unused, enabling Islamist detainees to freely communicate with the outside world and reportedly plot attacks with jihadists.The existence of such devices, aimed at disrupting cellular phone and internet use by prisoners, was reported by As-Safir Wednesday.During a testing period following installation, residents living in the nearby vicinity of Lebanon's largest prison complained that the devices had obstructed their mobile phones from connecting to a service provider.The residents reported the issue to prison authorities who deactivated the devices in an attempt to reset them and limit their coverage to few meters around the prison, the source said. The source said the aim of installing the mobile phone jamming devices was to foil attempts made by detainees to escape, after several inmates fled the prison in the past few years.
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