Gen Anupong is ready to cooperate in a probe on GT200 “bogus” bomb detectors deal

Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda said today that he is ready to cooperate with the Office of the Auditor-General, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Government’s Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the army’s procurement of GT200 “bogus” bomb detectors several years ago to determine whether the procurement was transparent or not.

However, the minister who was the army chief when the army made the procurement for the UK-made bomb detectors worth more than 300 million baht said that compensation should be claimed from the seller too.

He went on saying that the probe should also try to find out whether the seller knew the detectors did not work and intended to fool the buyers and whether any officials acted in collusion with the seller to fool the army into buying the “bogus” detectors.

Earlier, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha ruled out a probe into the GT200 scandal, claiming that the devices had been dumped long time ago and several countries, including Thailand, were duped to buy the devices.