The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News Thailand News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Watch saga ‘just a plot to attack PM’

BANGKOK: Having kept quiet during the luxury watch controversy for months, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon yesterday (Apr 1) broke his silence to insist the whole affair was designed to attack Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

corruption, politics,


Bangkok Post

Monday 2 April 2018, 08:52AM


Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon claims he is the innocent victim in the wristwatch scandal, ‘used by the opposite side to hit the prime minister’. Photo: Bangkok Post / file
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon claims he is the innocent victim in the wristwatch scandal, ‘used by the opposite side to hit the prime minister’. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Gen Prawit is suspected of dodging a law by not declaring all his assets to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) after being spotted wearing 22 expensive watches and a diamond ring.

While the NACC is probing the allegation, the deputy prime minister, in a rare interview on the case, claimed yesterday that an “opposite side” may be using him as part of a political attack on the prime minister.

His remarks come as Gen Prayut is under criticism for trying to prolong his power, with help from Gen Prawit, after a general election that is expected to take place in February next year. Few politicians or democracy advocates are keen on the idea.

“It hurts, doesn’t it?” Gen Prawit asked yesterday. “I’m a victim used by the opposite side to hit the prime minister in the leg.”

The deputy prime minister yesterday reiterated that all the watches were borrowed from his best friend whom he had known since their school days at St Gabriel’s College.

World Cup League @ BISP

He was speaking of billionaire Pattawat Suksingwong who died early last year. The late businessman was an avid collector of more than 200 watches and some were lent to him, according to Gen Prawit.

“Pattawat was very rich. He had given me his watches for more than 20 years. When I got bored with one, I returned it to him and he gave me new one,” Gen Prawit said.

Such a routine proceeded for a long time before the controversy erupted. Gen Prawit was first seen in public wearing a Richard Mille watch, worth millions of baht, and a diamond ring when he raised his hand to shield his face from the sun during a cabinet photo session last December.

“I’m not stupid,” Gen Prawit said. “I’ve worked as a minister for many terms. Why don’t I know about the asset declarations?” he asked, while admitting he should have clarified things sooner.

Read original story here.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
Security:
   => Forget password?

Kurt | 02 April 2018 - 09:02:10

He broke silence because he already knows the 'verdict' of NACC, that will become public later.
Of course NACC = Pom Prawit.
Pronouncing yourself a victim, oh Lord.

The Phuket News
Matches 1 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket Governor opens fire over pollution

A few years behind the times, but do not exspect anything to be done...(Read More)


Phuket fishing operators protest EU regulations

MARLINK INMARSAT C1-4 MIGRATION-IMPORTANT ACTION REQUIRED FOR INMARSAT C USERS the Inmarsat-3 (I-3) constellation of satellites are reaching the end...(Read More)


Phuket Marine chief blasts Paradise Beach ‘black water’ claim as fake, other beaches still suffer

So the black water in your pictures is Freedom Beach? It's not at all clear, but IS ugly as hell. Also how did they get to the beach to inspec...(Read More)


Phuket fishing operators protest EU regulations

".....restricting fishing of each vessel to 255 days per year". I doubt very much if this is an EU Requirement. For restrictions on net dra...(Read More)


Phuket Governor orders ‘autopsy’ on Songkran Seven Days road-safety campaign

Thai are fascinated by producing paper lists, time after time. For what? They themselves not analyse the by themselves produced facts during many year...(Read More)


Female drug dealer arrested in Phuket with over 4,000 ya bah pills, 100g of ya ice

Good work from Thalang Police, take this [xxxxxx] away from the road and young people....(Read More)


Phuket fishing operators protest EU regulations

There is no slavery in the Thai Fishing Industry & never was. Fake News. Yes, the VMS & filling out a Daily Fishing Log Book is necessary. Bee...(Read More)


6.7% of those reporting for draft are drug users

Wow, that is something. Would it be reasonably to expect that the thai army has drugs addicts among their ranks? Many could get the habit after joi...(Read More)


Alibaba B11bn investment promises quick results, says Prayut

Promise results by end of 2019? Who believes that promise? Why any result showing will take 20 months? By than you not hear anymore of this. Who th...(Read More)


Phuket Airport to close runway, taxiway for maintenance

Riding often in aircrafts on Phuket airport run- and taxiways, feel and see their 'status', I like to ask who is responsible for the bad quali...(Read More)

The Phuket News
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.