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Seven customs officials sued for abuse of power by importer of NGV buses

Importer of the controversial NGV buses, Super Zara Company, has filed criminal charges of abuse of power against Customs Department chief Kulis Sombatsiri and six other customs officials at the Pattaya provincial court.

Meanwhile, Mr Kanit Sriwachiraprapa, CEO of Bestlin Group which won the contract to supply 489 NGV buses to Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, challenged the Customs Department to produce written evidence to prove its claim that the bus fleet originated from China in fully-assembled form, and not assembled in Malaysia with local content as specified in the contract.

He said that the company was ready to pay the 40 percent import taxes amounting to 600 million baht to the Customs Department if the department could prove beyond doubt that the buses were not assembled in Malaysia.

He claimed that the origin of the buses was not as important as the fact that some customs officials had allegedly abused their authority and had tried to block the buses from being released from the port in Laem Chabang.

Mr Kanit also said that he had not yet received the notification of contract termination from BMTA.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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