The case has the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) as the plaintiff, and the defendants are former Interior Minister Pokin Polakul, former Deputy Interior Minister Pracha Maleenont, former Commerce Minister Wattana Muangsuk, former Bangkok Fire and Rescue Department Director General Police Major General Athiluck Tanchukiat, STEYR-DAIMLER-PUCH Spezial Fahrzeug Company, and former Bangkok Governor, Apirak Kosayothin.
All of the former government official defendants were charged with neglecting their duties in accordance with Section 157 of the Criminal Code and the 1999 Act on price offering to government units.
The corruption charge was raised after suspicion arose in the procurement of firetrucks, rescuing boats and other disaster prevention and mitigation equipment in a project to develop Bangkok's disaster prevention and mitigation system. The defendants allegedly had spent the 6.6 billion baht budget for the project on unjustified items.
The Supreme Court deemed Mr. Pracha had intentionally ignored the court's summon and therefore issued a warrant for his arrest while charging a full bail of 2 million baht on him.
The Court also postponed the hearing to September 10, stressing that it would read the verdict with or without the defendants’ presence.