BMA to pursue case against Austrian supplier of fire trucks

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will make use of the fire truck scandal verdict Tuesday of the Supreme Court’s criminal division for holders of political offices in the lawsuit against the Austrian supplier pending with the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva.

 

The City Hall expects the Geneva-based court to deliver its ruling by the end of this year.

BMA took the case to the International Court of Arbitration to demand the supplier of the fire trucks and boats, Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug AG of Austria, to compensate for the overpriced deal which was rigged with corruption.

The 315 fire trucks have been parking at Laem Chabang deep-sea port since 2004 when the scandal was exposed.  Many of them have become inoperational and they require massive maintenance if they are to become operational again.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced former deputy interior minister Pracha Maleenont  and Pol Maj-Gen Atilak Tanchookiat, head of the City Hall’s fire and rescue department to 12 years and ten years imprisonment respectively after finding them guilty of corruption, abuse of authority and price collusion.

Both Pracha and Atilak are on the run and were not present when the court announced the verdict.  Warrants have been issued by the court for their arrest.

Former Bangkok governor Apirak Kosayodhin, former interior minister Bhokin Polakul and former commerce minister Watana Muangsook were found not guilty.