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Prison officials sacked over drugs

Corrections promises better pay for honest warders

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The Department of Corrections has sacked 14 officials for drug possession and smuggling prohibited items into jails, and announced plans for pay rises for prison warders, to keep them more honest, and a recuitment drive 

They had earlier been investigated and charged by the department. They were sacked as part of the disciplinary action accompanying the charges.

Vitaya Suriyawong, director-general of the department, said on Tuesday that the 14 sacked officials were at specialised and operational levels. Three of them were arrested for possessing drugs, 10 smuggled drugs and mobile phones into prisons, and one was absent from work for more than 15 days without leave.

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