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Prawit to resign if NACC watch probe finds him guilty

BANGKOK: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said today (Jan 16) that he is ready to step down from the cabinet if the anti-graft agency found the case against him has grounds.

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Bangkok Post

Tuesday 16 January 2018, 06:16PM


Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon reacts to questions from reporters before leaving Government House today (Jan 16). Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon reacts to questions from reporters before leaving Government House today (Jan 16). Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Gen Prawit told reporters at Government House that he will resign if the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) concludes in the investigation that he had committed wrongdoing over the wristwatch saga.

The watches belonged to his friends and all have been returned, he added.

It is the first time that the deputy prime minister made clear his stance since he has been in the hot seat over luxury accessories. Reporters spotted him wearing a luxury watch and a diamond ring and later found they had not been declared to the NACC as his assets. Social media users have further checked his photos and found he had worn other luxury watches on different occasions.

As of today, 24 watches have been unveiled by the CSI LA Facebook account.

All eyes have been on NACC president Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit since Gen Prawit was his former boss.

Gen Watcharapol on Jan 9 dismissed worries about the connection and guaranteed a clean investigation, while Gen Prawit today reiterated he would not interfere with the investigation.

His trouble has also turned him into a target of political parties. The latest one was Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, who warned Prime Minister Prayut Cha-o-cha that his credibility was at stake due to the scandal surrounding his deputy.

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Kurt | 20 January 2018 - 15:46:39

Someone who comment here .... seems not to understand it is not working like that for a self declared Junta deputy prime minister. It is not a private personal matter for a minister of state.
And today we read in Bangkok Post that there are far more than 25 watches.
Yes, properly identify the watches by serial number check, right? All info will come from that about ownership.
Not understand?

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Jor12 | 19 January 2018 - 22:06:41

Firstly one needs to properly identify the watches in question. Good luck with that. Secondly how does the commentator know the watches were purchased - if at all - in Thailand? If I had lent him the watches and someone approached me for details, I would tell them to FO... it's none of your business.

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Kurt | 18 January 2018 - 08:06:13

NACC can go to a exclusive watch shop in BKK, show the serial numbers of the now 25 watches and in less that 2 hours NACC has a complete list of previous and present owners of the watches.
Another option is to admit that this are all fake watches, previously confiscated at Patpong Market.
Anyway, this whole affair doesn't need more than 2 days to clear the air and publish the truth.

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Jor12 | 17 January 2018 - 16:34:13

You will just have to wait for the considered investigation into the explanations given...whether it takes a month or 6 months. Wasn't aware that "...the real facts were known to insiders long time, including the Junta prime minister." When does the PM have the time to investigate such matters? Some people I guess are privileged to be being privy to such information.

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Kurt | 16 January 2018 - 19:02:14

general Prawit was before the boss of the NACC President.
And now next? What we expect from NACC conclusions? Hehehe.
The fact that this nonsense is dragging on for more than 1 month now says enough.
The real facts are well know by all insiders long time, including the Junta prime minister.  They just buy time andtry to find a way to talk themselves out of this as good old friends.

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