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Watches belonged to a ‘third party’: graft commissioner

Jan 04. 2018
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By The Nation

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The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Thursday said luxury watches possessed by Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan belonged to “a third party”.

NACC commissioner Preecha Lertkamolmas said the NACC meeting was told that Prawit had already submitted a letter explaining the origins of the watches.

Asked whether the letter had detailed the watches and the third party, Preecha said it is as reported in the news. 

Preecha declined to confirm that they had belonged to a “friend” as referred to in media reports. The NACC would hold a press conference today, he said.

Photos of Prawit wearing several luxurious watches on different occasions went viral on social media beginning over two weeks ago. The controversy began after he was spotted December 4 wearing what appeared to be a silver-and-black Richard Mille watch and diamond ring during a group photo with the reshuffled Cabinet at Government House. 

While the items appear to be worth millions of baht, he failed to disclose them to the NACC in his assets disclosure as required.

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