The president of Thailand’s anti-graft body, Pol General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, said on Monday that he would not attend a Tuesday meeting held by the National Anti-Corruption Commission to table its findings over the watch scandal involving Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan.
“I will withdraw myself from attending the meeting,” said Watcharapol.
He also declined to confirm whether the meeting would resolve to invite Prawit to meet the NACC in person for further clarification over the issue. Nor would Watcharapol clarify whether the anti-graft body would agree to set up an official investigation panel into the case.
The meeting, scheduled for tomorrow, is expected to consider the findings expected to be filed by a panel appointed by the NACC to investigate the case.
Prawit was spotted wearing a luxury watch and a diamond ring during a Cabinet group photo session last December. Netizens have subsequently compiled and widely shared images of him wearing up to 25 luxury watches on various occasions.
The Deputy PM had apparently failed to declare them to the NACC as required by law.
Responding to public pressure, the anti-graft body launched a probe into the issue.
NACC secretary-general Worawit Sookbooon said the panel would table its findings, along with proposals for further actions in the case.
However, he declined to reveal further details, saying comments would come from the NACC tomorrow.