Thai junta falls silent on corruption investigation

Gen Prawit’s and Pol Gen Somyot’
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Anti-graft organization demands updated reports on Gen Prawit’s wristwatches and Pol Gen Somyot’s 300 million baht ‘borrowed’ money.

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand on Monday submitted an open letter to the chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) chairman Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit asking for a progress report about the investigation into two controversial cases concerning Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan and former national police chief, Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang.

AOT chairman Pramont Sutheewong said that members of the public had paid great interest in General Prawit’s diamond ring and 25 pricey wristwatches and Pol Gen Somyot’s borrowing of 300 million baht from a massage parlour tycoon while he was the national police chief.

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Because of the importance of the two men and their high office held by them, Mr Pramont said it was necessary for the NACC to keep informed the public about the progress of its probe in order to pre-empt rumour and speculation which might cause damage to the government.

The issues that he addressed with Pol Gen Watcharaphol are as follows:

1. Are the testimonies given to the NACC by all parties concerned adequate?
2. Regarding General Prawit’s diamond ring and 25 expensive wristwatches, how was each item acquired by the general?
3. Are there any legal and factual issues regarding the 300 million baht borrowed by Pol Gen Somyot?
4. Were there any issues raised by NACC pertaining to its probe to find the truths?
5. What are the next steps to be taken and whether there is a legal timeline for the two cases?

At the end of the letter, Mr Pramont said that his organization, allies and the public in general were concerned with the image of the NACC and, hence, this letter to ask for its latest findings about the two cases. – ThaiPBS



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