Does the UK export ban also apply to the GT200?
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Does the UK export ban also apply to the GT200?

The Nation:

Meanwhile, Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, director of the Forensic Science Institute and who always uses the GT200, said the UK had only banned the ADE651.
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The Bangkok Post:

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday tried to quell worries over the GT 200, saying: “We use a different brand.”

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills stated in their statement to the BBC last week that “[t]ests have shown that the technology used in the ADE651 and similar devices is not suitable for bomb detection” and that “[w]e will be making an order, under the Export Control Act 2002, banning the export of this type of device to Iraq and Afghanistan”.

The Export Control (Amendment) Order 2010 has now been issued and is available from here. It came into force on January 27, 2010. Key excerpt:

The export of ‘electro-statically powered’ equipment for detecting “explosives”, other than detection equipment specified in Schedule 2 or in 1A004.d. in Annex I to “the dual-use Regulation”, is prohibited to any destination in Afghanistan or Iraq.
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/>‘Electro-statically powered’ means using electro-statically generated charge.”.

In case that is not clear, you have the explanatory memorandum (PDF):

The Export Control (Amendment) Order 2010 (“the 2010 Order”) amends the Export Control Order 2008 (“the 2008 Order”). The changes have the effect that electro-statically powered explosive detectors are controlled for export to Afghanistan and Iraq.

BP: You will see that the ban does not apply specifically to the ADE651 device, but to any device that is powered by an electro-statically generated charge. So is the GT200 device powered by an electro-statically generated charge?

The GT200 device is from the Global Technical company. You will see they have a Thai distributor and distributors in other developing countries. They have password protected their brochure, but their Singapore distributor has a FAQ on the GT200 device. On how the device works:

The GT200 works on the principal of dia/para magnetism. All substances carry a magnetic charge that, when stimulated by an impulse of electricity, (static) creates an attraction between the substance being detected and the GT200 unit itself. This is called EMA or Electro Magnetic Attraction.

BP: This is fairly clear. The ban also applies to the GT200 device. Now, yes for legal reasons the UK Government can only ban export to Iraq an Afgahnistan, but it is inaccurate to say that UK had only banned the ADE651.* That is not correct. The ban applies equally to the the GT200 as well as the other devices that are being used in Thailand.

*What? You thought a senior Thai government official or Minister would actually know what they were talking about? They are either ignorant or lying.