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Samak's wife, Pracha ordered by administrative court to pay Bt587 million to BMA

The Central Administrative Court Wednesday ordered the wife of late former prime minister Samak Sundaravej and former deputy interior minister Pracha Maleenont to Bt587 million each to the city administration over the controversial Bt6.6 billion fire vehicles project.

The court ordered Khunying Surat Sundaravej, the heir of Samak, and Pracha each to pay 30 per cent of Bt1.958 billion the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration had already paid to Austria’s Steyr Daimler Puch Spezialfahrzeug.

The two were also ordered to pay 7.5 per-cent interest counting from 2004 when the BMA paid the money to the Austrian firm.

The purchase had been suspended after it was found that fire vehicles were defective and their prices were highly inflated.

Surat and Pracha could still appeal against the court's ruling with the Supreme Administrative Court.

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