Thai businessman convicted of selling fake bomb detectors

A court in Thailand has convicted a local businessman of fraud for selling fake bomb detectors to the Thai government, five years after the head of the British supplier was sent to prison over the global scandal.

Thailand’s military drew criticism and ridicule in 2010 when the GT200 bomb detectors — which were claimed to also be capable of detecting drugs and other substances — were exposed as worthless pseudo-scientific instruments.

The devices were sold to the Thai army and other security forces around the world. Even after they were proven useless, they were used for a time in several countries, including hot spots such as Iraq and southern Thailand, where there is an active Muslim insurgency.

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Source: AP