Prisons authorities yesterday detected three mobile phones in the cell occupied by Mohamed Naufer, convicted of the murder of Justice Sarath Ambepitiya.
Commissioner General of Prisons Maj. Gen. Vajira Wijegoonawardene confirmed the incident and said an investigation was underway to ascertain who was using these phones.
During the last six months, Prisons authorities have been able to detect around 300 mobile phones in the possession of prisoners housed in the Magazine prison, Welikade remand prison and the Negombo prison Wijegoonawardene said.
In a sudden check launched by the prison officers, about six months ago, they were able to detect about 80 phones in one day, he said.
Asked whether the Prisons officers are hand in glove with the prisoners where shady deals are concerned, Wijegoonawardane said `There are a few culprits who commit such acts for monetary gain and they will be severely dealt with. We have been able to minimise corruption in the prisons during the last few months.`
Asked whether such items are smuggled into the prison concealed in food parcels the Commissioner General was in the affirmative. But he said they need not always resort to this practice since some corrupt officers smuggle various items into the prison and hand them over to prisoners.