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Thai officials were left red faced yesterday when it was discovered that the much vaunted EM (Electronic Monitoring) devices for drink drivers and other criminals could simple be removed with soap or a bit of washing up liquid.
Justice minister Somsak Thepsuthin was left with egg on his face after witnessing a test on an underling that showed the bracelet could easily be taken off. All the removal did was create a signal to the monitoring center that it had been tampered with.
It could easily be reattached after.
There was better news if the device was placed on the ankle – it could be removed but it would need to be broken creating a signal to that affect to alert the authorities to take action.
The EM device is used to make sure wearers keep to a 10 pm curfew and don’t do things like drive vehicles or tamper with witnesses in various cases.
The devices are supposed to be immovable and Somsak was at the probation department yesterday to prove that they were OK.
Now he has set a two week deadline to investigate the specifications of the device and the supplier.
Thaivisa notes that the procurement of several expensive devices for security personnel have created problems in recent years.
A bomb detection device that cost a huge amount of money was shown to be a fake.