The Minister insisted that there is no way that drugs can be smuggled inside the prison without the assistance of prison guards. Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadeera has accused prison guards of being corrupt and assisting inmates to smuggle banned items into prison.The Minister said that even female prison guards are involved in smuggling drugs, mobile phones and other banned items into prison cells. He said that investigations have been launched into the activities of some prison guards and legal action will be taken against those found guilty. The Minister said that a lightning search operation was conducted at the Welikada prison last Sunday and 52 mobile phones were found inside the prison cells. He said that drugs hidden inside the cells were flushed into the toilets by the inmates during the search operation. The Minister said that scanners will be installed at the Welikada prison to search those entering the prison premises while search dogs will also be used to look for hidden drugs.A scanner has already been installed at the Bogambara prison and tenders have been called to install a scanner at the Welikada prison as well. (Courtesy The Sunday Leader) “We are looking into this situation very seriously. Some prisoners have control over some cells and they have the support of some prison guards. Earlier it was just male inmates involved in such activities but now even female prisoners are involved,” he said.His Ministry has now recruited 73 female intelligence officers to monitor the female wards of the prisons in the country.
Veteran broadcaster John Humphrys almost caused a diplomatic incident on the BBC Today show, angering the Mexican Embassy.A letter of protest arrived on his desk at BBC Radio 4 after those in the embassy misheard something he said on the programme.They thought he said he had used the phrase “Mexican standards” to describe shoddy building practices.However, he had actually said “Mexican stand-off”.Mr Humphrys jokingly compared himself to Donald Trump after the incident.In his column in Waitrose Weekend magazine yesterday, Humphrys, who also presents Mastermind on BBC Two, wrote: “President Trump has outraged Mexico with his wall plans and for one nasty moment recently I feared I might have done the same.”A letter arrived from the acting ambassador complaining about my references to Mexicans. Apparently I had used the expression ‘Mexican standards’ to describe shoddy building practices.”Serious stuff. Except I hadn’t. In a swift follow-up he acknowledged the phrase I had actually used, referring to a dispute between the builders and customers, was ‘Mexican stand-off’. “Crisis averted. Over to you Mr Trump.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.