NACC panel to submit initial findings on Prawit case

politics March 21, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

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THE PANEL investigating the luxury watch scandal involving Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan will submit the results of its preliminary inquiry to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) next week.



The submission follows the general’s submission to the panel of a fourth letter of clarification about the watches he has been seen wearing, which are said to have a combined value of Bt30 million.

NACC secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said yesterday that the panel had received a 38-page letter, which explained the origins of the 25 watches that had been seen on Prawit’s wrist on various occasions but were not reported as assets to the NACC as required by law.

However, Worawit said the probe was not yet complete because the panel needed to talk to two more witnesses. Also, the companies that imported the watches had not yet submitted evidence to the panel. 

Worawit said the panel would submit its initial findings to the NACC so that it could consider the case and suggest to the panel what else needed to be done in the investigation. This possibly could include inviting Prawit to meet the panel in person, he said.

Meanwhile, volunteer social worker Ticha Nanakorn plans to pressure the NACC to speed up its investigation.

Ticha announced on Facebook yesterday that she would submit a letter today to NACC president Pol General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, urging him to take legal action against Prawit. 

Ticha initiated a petition at Change.org on January 31 to press Prawit to keep his promise to step down if citizens no longer wanted him in government. As of February 15, 80,018 people had backed the petition calling for the minister to resign from the Cabinet. Ticha has presented the results to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Ticha posted that even though Prawit had submitted his fourth written explanation about the origin of the watches to the NACC last week, it remained unclear whether the agency would summon him for a meeting or take any other action. 

“Society is curious about the NACC’s action on this case,” Ticha wrote. 

She said activists would stage a symbolic demonstration at NACC headquarters today to indicate that delayed action was unjust and to reaffirm their opinion that Prawit must resign.