11 July 2024

Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has agreed to file criminal charges against Senator Khunying Porntip Rojanasunan, former director of the Central Institute of Forensic Science at the Ministry of Justice, over the procurement of GT-200 and Alpha-6 bomb detection devices.

NACC Secretary-General Niwatchai Kasemmongkol told the media yesterday (Thursday) that there is sufficient evidence to press charges against Khunying Pornthip, even though the Office of the Attorney-General decided to not indict her, citing insufficient evidence.

He said that the Litigation Office of the NACC is now in the process of preparing a case to be filed with the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases.

In her Instagram post yesterday, Khunying Porntip said that several people have expressed concern for her and some were shocked by the report from the NACC.

She said, however, that the NACC’s decision constituted progress in the long overdue and controversial case which, she added, is drawing to an end, at least for her.

She also said that people who have never worked in the restive Deep South do not understand the difficulties and the high risk of working there, but she is optimistic that she willsurvive the court case.

Several government agencies, including the three armed forces, the police, Interior Ministry, Customs Department and some local administrative organisations, purchased the British-made GT-200 and Alpha-6 bomb detecting devices, dating back to 2005 and through four governments, until 2010 when then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva ordered a halt to the procurement of the devices, which were later proven to be a fake.

The biggest procurer of the devices was the Royal Thai Army.