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NACC ‘to meet’ four unnamed people in connection with Prawit’s watches

Jan 18. 2018
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By THE NATION

ANTI-GRAFT officials will meet four unnamed individuals alleged to have been involved with Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan’s possession of luxury watches, National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) president Pol General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit said yesterday.

The four were identified after Prawit submitted a letter explaining his perspective on the matter to the NACC. The NACC has said it wished to learn further details about his possession of the watches and his relationships with the four individuals.

Prawit on Tuesday pledged to resign if found guilty. The general also said he had borrowed the watches from friends and had returned them all.

Meanwhile, anti-graft buster and former senator Rosana Tositrakul called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to apply the same standards as when he removed government officials suspected to be involved with corruption to pave the way for investigations.

Rosana cited Prayut’s early reasoning in removing them. If the issues were deemed critical or the people were in positions of high rank, there was a need to first remove them to ensure a proper investigation. This, Rosana said, should also be applied to the case of Prawit.

The scandal came to light after Prawit was seen wearing a very expensive Richard Mille watch during a photo session with the new Cabinet. Netizens, including Facebook page CSI LA have reviewed media photos of Prawit and, as of Wednesday, the page estimated that he had worn 25 luxury watches. The total price, based on market value, stands estimated at more than Bt30 million – far higher than Prawit’s estimated income during his past three years in office.

 

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