Prisoners in the state's SuperMax prison are
using Facebook to keep in touch with the
outside world, including fellow gang members
- and to request contact with women - in
what appears to be a major security breach.
authorities have admitted they are powerless
to stop inmates appearing on social
networking sites such as Facebook and called
for new legislation.
understood associates of the inmates have
been updating the profiles, sometimes with
letters and photos smuggled out of prison.
profile the Herald found includes
postings attributed to the serial killer
Ivan Milat, the murderer and alleged drug
dealer Bassam Hamzy, and the convicted
triple murderer Konstantinos Georgiou.
All three are
at Goulburn Prison's SuperMax division, also
known as the high-risk management unit. It
is home to 38 of the state's worst
prisoners. Contact among prisoners is
minimal and the cells are bare.
is also aware of lower-risk inmates
having online profiles, including pictures,
which are believed to be updated by Sydney
bikies. Internet use is banned in NSW
prisons and there is no suggestion inmates
are updating their profiles.
Herald understands that Corrective
Services NSW has become aware that
information about SuperMax, including
dealings with security guards, an alleged
fire in a cell and the possible release of
photos taken inside the jail, has appeared
online and is being investigated.
profile of Georgiou, a former Rebel bikie
convicted of killing three members of the
Bandidos gang, has featured a photo of the
inmate working out which might have been
taken inside prison. The photo has since
has 166 online friends, writes about his
life in SuperMax, including run-ins with
guards and his life as a bikie before his
He flaunts the
newfound freedom social networking allows.
''It gives me a lot of strength, knowing
that I can once again be in contact with all
my brother's [sic], for the last 7 years
here in SuperMax they have done everything
in their power to cut me off from all my
brother's but now with this new tool called
face book they can no longer ke…ep me
suppressed, love and respect from a born
Rebel,'' he writes. Several Rebel members
post messages to Georgiou, who writes about
an alleged stint in solitary confinement
after what he claims was a fire in his cell.
profile includes posts supposedly written by
Ivan Milat and Bassam Hamzy. A Corrective
Services spokesman, Bob Stapleton, said it
was aware of the posts. They might be
genuine but the agency could not be sure.
attributed to Hamzy, who is accused of
running a drug ring from jail, are almost
incoherent. He promises ''revenge at all
costs'' before saying ''murder [is] on my
mind''. Hamzy, whom Georgiou claims is
becoming a psychopath, also alleges that the
mobile phone he used to run his drug ring
from jail was given to him by a guard.
said he was unaware of this allegation.
post, Milat claims he was framed for the
seven murders he was found guilty of
committing and, like Hamzy, speaks of his
dislike for the Corrective Services
commissioner, Ron Woodham.
An appeal for
women to write to the murderer Michael
Heron, who is serving 14 years, is also
posted on Georgiou's site. Included in the
request are a picture of Heron, which
appears to have been taken inside prison,
and his prisoner number and postal address.
said the department was deeply concerned
about inmates' use of social media and was
investigating potential security breaches.
But he said
the department was powerless to stop the
general public creating and organising
online profiles for prisoners.
are concerned, deeply concerned, but we have
no control,'' he said. ''We have sought
legal advice and the commissioner is very
concerned about it … but there would need to
be more legislation in place for us to have
He said it was
possible pictures were taken with Corrective
Services' permission, as inmates were
sometimes allowed to have their photos taken
by an official.
sent emails seeking comment from the
person updating Georgiou's profile, but did
not receive a response.