Samstag, 21. Juli 2012
After years of charges from a variety of sources that the GT200 bomb detectors government agencies began purchasing in the hundreds in 2008 are ineffective and overpriced, a Department of Special Investigation probe has come to the same conclusion. On Thursday DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith said an investigation by his department had gathered enough evidence to take legal action against the manufacturers and distributors of the allegedly defective bomb detectors. Mr Tarit said that all 13 state agencies that bought the devices may have been duped and urged them to lodge complaints with the DSI so that legal action can be taken against the foreign manufacturers and their local distributors. He added that if the state agencies were not willing to do so the DSI would. Mr Tarit should be commended for taking this stand independently, but it is telling that the focus of the investigation stopped short of the government agencies that bought the devices, despite the DSI's conclusion that bidding contests to select the suppliers might also have been rigged.