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    BMA to pay B800,000 for five deaths in blaze tragedy

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    BMA to pay B800,000 for five deaths in blaze tragedy

    Post by Admin on 19th May 2012, 9:52 am

    Published: 19/05/2012 at 03:41

    The Central Administrative Court yesterday ordered City Hall to pay nearly 800,000 baht in compensation to the parents of five of the 66 victims of the 2009 Santika pub inferno.

    Chavalit Larpphol, chief of the panel of judges considering the case, read out the court's verdict, saying the ruling was based on the principle of shared responsibility that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration must shoulder.

    He said even though the BMA did not cause the fire itself, the agency was still partly to blame.

    If the BMA had not failed to inspect the pub, it would have not been allowed to be used as an entertainment venue before the fire broke out as revellers rang in 2009 at a New Year's Eve event.

    The court determined the BMA has to accept a 20% share of responsibility for the losses suffered by the parents of five of the dead.

    Mr Chavalit said those who must shoulder a greater share of responsibility are the operators of the pub and the person who lit the fireworks that led to the blaze.

    The court has ordered the BMA to pay different amounts of compensation to the parents of the five dead victims.

    The BMA is to pay 139,600 baht in compensation to Nusin Saenmuangsin, for the loss of his son, Punnakan, who died in the fire.

    Prasert Kumpol will receive 212,000 baht for the loss of his daughter, Patcharee, while Wanna Samkhong is to receive 140,000 baht for the death of her daughter Walaya. Plaek Buamak will be awarded 140,000 baht in compensation plus 7.5% annual interest for the loss of her daughter Pantipa.

    Manee Wantaweesong will get 164,000 baht in compensation plus 7.5% annual interest for the death of her son, Songpol.

    The court did not explain why interest was granted on top of the compensation for some of the families.

    Chairat Saeng-arun, a lawyer who represents three of the five parents, said each of the families had filed lawsuits with the court demanding the BMA pay them between 4-5 million baht in compensation. However he said the amounts awarded by the court should be acceptable. Other compensation is being demanded from the Santika operators, Mr Chairat said.

    He said the court's order for state agencies to accept a 20% share of responsibility for the losses is an encouraging sign for the public.

    If the BMA takes the case to the Supreme Administrative Court and should the court uphold the ruling, this principle of shared responsibility would become a precedent for similar cases in the future.

    Winai Limsakul, chief of the BMA's public works department, said the agency will study the court's ruling and decide whether to appeal to the Supreme Administrative Court.

    On Feb 29 , the Central Administrative Court ordered the BMA to pay 312,080 baht in compensation plus 7.5% interest to Banjob and Kornkanok Narong, for the loss of their son Krich, who died in the fire. The BMA lodged an appeal against the order with the Supreme Administrative Court on March 29.

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