Former Yala governor sentenced to 8 years for malfeasance in GT200 bomb detector case

Former Yala governor, Teera Mintrasak, aged 59, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for malfeasance in reference to the acquisition of fraudulent GT200 bomb detectors from 2007-2009. The sentence was delivered by the Region 9 Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases.
Teera was amongst 12 defendants involved within the case, with the other 11, all of whom have been former officers in the province, receiving prison sentences ranging from 9 months to four years and 9 months.
Deputy spokesman of the Office of the Attorney General, Kosolwat Intuchanyong, stated that the judgement within the 12 instances was introduced on Tuesday. Triple were initially filed with the court in 2021, and the 12 defendants were charged with malfeasance underneath Section 157 of the Criminal Code regarding the procurement of GT200 bomb detectors via two contracts.
The courtroom discovered them responsible as charged and handed an eight-year sentence to Teera, the first defendant, and varying sentences to the other 11 defendants, ranging from 9 months to 4 years and nine months. Furthermore, the court ordered the payment of compensation for the damages incurred.
However, the case isn’t settled yet, as every defendant can still attraction the ruling, according to Kosolwat.
Cases involving the procurement of GT200 bomb detectors by state agencies from 2007-2009 are quite a few, with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) concluding investigations into 16 cases and forwarding stories and recommendations to prosecutors in September 2018, reports Bangkok Post.
According to the DSI, bomb detector distributors satisfied several authorities businesses to purchase the gadgets, and evidence of fraud and deception emerged from the instances.
Affected parties included the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS), Royal Thai Army Ordnance Department, Customs Department, Provincial Administration Department, Royal Thai Aide-De-Camp Department, Provincial Police of Sing Buri and Chai Nat, Songkhla Provincial Administration, Royal Thai Navy Security Centre, and five provincial administrations – Phitsanulok, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Yala, and Sukhothai.
Court rulings have already been made on a few of these instances.
On 10 March this 12 months, the National Anti-Corruption Commission handed a resolution to file a lawsuit in opposition to former top forensic official Khunying Porntip Rojanasunan and other CFIS officials in reference to the counterfeit bomb detector procurements.
Khunying Porntip served as CIFS director in the course of the procurement of GT200 bomb detectors from 2007-2009..

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