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Four ‘lenders’ to be grilled over Prawit’s watches

BANGKOK: The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will question four people linked to the scandal over luxury watches worn by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.


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Friday 19 January 2018, 08:45AM


The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is to interview four ‘people of interest’ in the corruption investigation surrounding at least 25 luxury watches and jewellery worn by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, seen here with the prime minister at a merit-making ceremony during dismantlement of the Royal Crematorium, last week. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is to interview four ‘people of interest’ in the corruption investigation surrounding at least 25 luxury watches and jewellery worn by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, seen here with the prime minister at a merit-making ceremony during dismantlement of the Royal Crematorium, last week. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

NACC president Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit said yesterday (Jan 18) that the NACC has set the date for the questioning, which will be held at venues agreed upon by the individuals.

According to NACC procedures, the questioning can either be held at the NACC office or at other locations, Gen Watcharapol said. But he did not give further details.

He said he had not yet seen Gen Prawit’s two letters explaining the luxury watches.

Gen Watcharapol, a former close aide to Gen Prawit, added the NACC’s Bureau of Asset Inspection in the Political Sector is investigating the matter before submitting the findings to the NACC main panel for consideration.

Asked whether Gen Prawit might have breached the rule that bars holders of political positions from receiving gifts worth more than B3,000, Gen Watcharapol said NACC investigators “are looking into the matter”.

Gen Prawit has taken flak for owning a large collection of luxury watches and not declaring them among his assets, sparking concern about how he was able to afford them on his military salary.

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He told reporters at Government House on Tuesday (Jan 16) that he borrowed all of the timepieces from friends and wore them infrequently.

The watches have since been returned to their owners, he claimed, saying that he was ready to resign if the NACC concludes he has committed any wrongdoing.

The public heavily criticised him for the excuse, saying it was ridiculous.

But Supreme Commander Thanchaiyan Srisuwan said yesterday that the armed forces still trust Gen Prawit and believe he will get through this problem.

Gen Prawit has been spotted wearing at least 25 watches worth about B39.5 million, according to CSI LA, a Facebook page that has been encouraging online sleuths to submit photos detailing the expensive trinkets sported by the regime’s “big brother”.

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Jor12 | 23 January 2018 - 14:17:47

well it's because you brought it up, so it needs to be addressed. If something is permitted by law, nothing else matters, whether or not one has experience in politics or not. Trump is a good example. Army personnel have expertise in a wide variety of disciplines which can be transferred to anything.

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Kurt | 23 January 2018 - 12:49:25

someone wrote: " Read the Act,  it is permitted' 
That was not the point. Is a different matter. Do not always derail to other subjects
Point is a 70 year old man, never been in politics, should not start a career there, it doesn't work
And yes, of course this counts for Mr Trump too.

And I not understand why in Asian countries older men keep so much hanging to power
Time for y...

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Jor12 | 23 January 2018 - 12:14:52

What on earth has Singapore got to do with an article about watches?

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Kurt | 23 January 2018 - 10:53:18

Well, having Singapore as a example for a country that aims to become E-country, Smart country, 4.0 country, is not to bad, is itn't?
Why to invent wheels, as they already there?

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Christy Sweet | 23 January 2018 - 10:23:42

One could kindly look up [please give me italic font] the meaning of ad hominem and stop insinuating through insult other opinions are not as valid as thous. 

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Christy Sweet | 23 January 2018 - 08:45:38

It's called "What aboutism.." and it's tool # 2 for the weak debater after tool # 1- ad hominem. Yes, Trump is atrocious and got elected with about 60% of the electorate participating. Future elections will be more in line with the majority's wishes. 

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Jor12 | 22 January 2018 - 22:49:55

Because it is asserted that "...stepping from the safe barracks into the political thai mine fields need other skills. You have to grow up in that, not enter it at pension age."  Trump had neither of these qualifications. Also, read the Act...it is permitted.

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DeKaaskopp | 22 January 2018 - 16:12:01

"I don't understand why someone..."Maybe for the same reason as someone likes to mention Singapore all the time!

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Kurt | 22 January 2018 - 14:38:23

Trump was elected democratically.
USA army never intervene in elections. Never army coups.
Impeachments happen democratically.
And the democratic tools are working in USA, with freedom of speech and freedom of journalistic investigations., etc.
I don't understand why a commentator derail to Trump, as we are living in Thailand, and comment here on thai matters.

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Jor12 | 22 January 2018 - 12:16:06

ad hominem...yes I agree, points of argument never addressed - as usual.

So how does one explain Trump? 

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