Army eyes detainees on illegal gun-making charges for help in defence industry

The army’s Ordnance Department has been assigned to look for convicts detained in prisons on charges of illegally making guns from imitations to be trained to assist work in the Defence Ministry’s defence industry, defence spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanich said on Monday (Oct 30).

Lt Gen Kongcheep said this was agreed at a meeting of the Defence Council chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

The decision was in responding to a proposal by the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, chairman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

The Defence Ministry will ask the Corrections Department of the Justice Ministry to examine prison inmates detained on illegal gun-making charges to see if they have the technical knowledge on the production of weapons for the army.

These prison inmates will be first interviewed and explained about benefits and conditions for joining the programme, he said.