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Internet viewers around the world are getting a brief one-minute look at drug use and other illegal activities in Bangkok’s Bang Kwang Central Prison. 

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A one-minute video clip allegedly showing illegal activities, including drug use, in Bang Kwang Central Prison, has been posted to the internet.


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Party time at Bang Kwang

Internet viewers around the world are getting a brief one-minute look at life inside Bangkok’s Bang Kwang Central Prison.

Secretly filmed by an American inmate identified only as Jeffrey, the video clip shows drug use and "other illegal activities". One Nigerian prisoner has even set a small fire to burn his letters.

No prison guards are in sight.

Jeffrey managed to send the video clip out of the prison and it was posted on British-based LiveLeak.com on Wednesday.

Correction officials, who yesterday admitted the video is authentic, are not amused.

Pol Col Suchart Wongananchai, the department’s director-general, said authorities investigating the release of the clip had questioned Jeffrey and the Nigerian, whose name was not disclosed.

Jeffrey allegedly admitted that he recorded the video himself and it was filmed in October, 2010. He then sent the clip to an American friend and had no idea how it appeared on the LiveLeak website.

Prison authorities have downgraded the two inmates to a “very bad” level. A committee has also been set up to investigate why inmates were allowed to make a fire and commit illegal activities.  

“When the incident occurred, I was not yet in the position of the Corrections Department director-general. At that time, no crackdown policy on narcotics and other prohibited items, especially mobile phones, had been put in place," Pol Col Suchart said. 

Adapted from an online story on the Bangkok Post website. For the moment at least, the link to the video can be found here: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=cab_1342561856.

allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย
brief – lasting for only a short time ระยะเวลาสั้นๆ
inmate – someone who is kept in a prison, mental hospital or other institution นักโทษ
identify – to recognise something and understand what it is ระบุชื่อ
guard – a person, such as a soldier, a police officer or a prison officer prevents prisoners from escaping ผู้คุ้มกัน
post – to send information, in this case, to a website
based – where the main work of an organisation, business, etc. is done or controlled  ซึ่งเป็นศูนย์กลาง
Corrections Department – the government department in charge of running prisons กรมราชทัณฑ์
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it  ยอมรับ
authentic – real, not false or copied ของแท้
amused – thinking that somebody/something is funny, so that you smile or laugh ซึ่งมีอารมณ์ขบขัน
director-general – the head of a large organisation, especially a public organisation อธิบดี
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
release – making known to the public การเปิดเผย, การปล่อย
disclose – to make known to the public  เปิดเผยต่อสาธารณะ
appear – to be seen ปรากฏ
downgrade – to reduce someone or something to a lower rank or position ลดความสำคัญ
level – a position or rank in a scale of size or importance ระดับ
committee – a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject คณะกรรมการ
commit – to do something wrong or illegal ทำความผิด
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
occur – to happen เกิดขึ้น
position – a job ตำแหน่ง
crackdown – strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity การปราบ
policy – a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group นโยบาย
narcotics – illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine or crystal methamphetamine  ยาเสพย์ติด
prohibit – to officially stop something from being done, especially by making it illegal (มีคำสั่ง)ห้าม
item – a single article or object  รายการ, รายการสิ่งของ
put in place – to be ready for use มีผลบังคับ

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