Deputy PM and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan on Wednesday said that he would clarify to the National Anti-Corruption Commission the reasons he was seen wearing an expensive, but undeclared watch.
Prawit came under fire when a photograph of him shading his eyes from the sun went viral on Monday, with social-media users drawing attention to his diamond ring and watch.
The timepiece looked similar to a model by Richard Mille, a brand popular among Hollywood and sports stars, which would have cost between Bt4 million and Bt10 million.
Such a pricey watch was not included in Prawit’s asset declaration back in 2014, when he started serving in the Cabinet, but it is possible that he obtained it since the declaration.
Speaking reluctantly, Prawit refused to elaborate on his possession on the watch. “It’s no use explaining to the media. I will just go one-shot with the NACC,” he said.
Political activist Srisuwan Janya planned to file a petition to the NACC to probe Prawit’s possession of the ring and watch on Thursday.
The NACC, appointed by the junta’s handpicked legislators, last year cleared suspects over procurement irregularities at the military-run Rajabhakti Royal Park