Pressure mounts on Thai junta over fake bomb detectors

June 27, 2016 7:39 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

Activists on Monday urged Britain to hand over details of the multi-million-dollar sale to Thailand of fake bomb detectors that led to the detention of scores of innocent people.

A Thai soldier usess a GT200 bomb detector as he patrols the streets of Yala in 2010
A Thai soldier uses a GT200 bomb detector as he patrols the streets of Yala in this file photo

British fraudsters Gary Bolton and James McCormick were jailed in 2013 for making millions selling the GT200 and similar devices billed as “magic wands” able to detect tiny particles of explosives or drugs from hundreds of meters away.

The GT200 was in fact a useless home-made plastic box with a radio antenna — made for a few dollars but sold for between $3,300-$13,000 per unit to governments including Thailand, Mexico and Iraq.

On Monday, Jatuporn Prompan, the leader of Thailand’s pro-democracy ‘Red Shirt’ street movement, handed a letter to the British embassy in Bangkok urging it to share details of contracts for the device. Read More

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