Pornthip loses director job at forensic-science agency
May 21, 2013 00:00
By Piyanut Tumnukasetchai
Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunan was Tuesday removed as the director of the Central Institute of Forensic Science and transferred to the post of inspector-general for the Justice Ministry.
Her transfer was approved by the Cabinet during its weekly meeting yesterday. The Cabinet also approved her appointment as an adviser to the committee in charge of implementing policies to tackle the southern insurgency.
A well-informed source said Justice Minister Pracha Promnok planned to seek Cabinet’s approval for Pornthip’s transfer much earlier, but he did not have a justification to do so.
Pracha tried to blame Pornthip for procurement of the GT-200 fake bomb scanners, but Pornthip was claimed not to have been involved in the deal.
Later, Pornthip’s deputy, Anek Yomchinda, testified to the National Anti-Corruption Commission that he had signed the order to buy the GT-200 devices as ordered by Pornthip, the source said.
The source added that the justice minister also wanted to end alleged conflict within the institute by moving Pornthip to the vacant position of inspector-general. Pornthip reportedly has had brushes with her deputies.
The Cabinet also approved several political appointments, including:
- Suchart Lainamngern as assistant secretary to the transport minister, acting as secretary to Deputy Transport Minister Prin Suwannathat
- Jirat Nithianantaporn as assistant secretary to the transport minister, acting as secretary to Deputy Transport Minister Prasert Chanruangthong.
- Sugarno Matha as assistant secretary to the education minister.
- Anusorn Piamsa-ard as secretary to the social development and human security minister.
- Sombat Rattano as assistant secretary to the interior minister.