One year of the luxury watch non-investigation

3 12 2018

The Bangkok Post has to be applauded for its editorial that observes the anniversary of the day “Deputy Prime Minister [Gen] Prawit Wongsuwon showed off his diamonds and a costly watch…” that became more than a score of luxury watches.

The Post points out that the Deputy Dictator had never declared the watches in his assets lists.

He says he borrowed the watches, worth millions each, from a friend who is now dead. Lucky that, for Gen Prawit.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission was meant to “investigate” their boss. The NACC is also headed by a Prawit ally. So, the “investigation” has gone nowhere. The Post observes:

The watch scandal has continued until today. Every couple of months, Mr Worawit issues a statement that the probe will be wrapped up “soon”. Social media users have quickly grown cynical and openly deride the NACC for alleged incompetence.

In fact, the NACC is not incompetent at all. It is corrupt. It is deliberately corrupt, covering up for the junta’s deputy.

The editorial concludes:

Gen Prawit is the highest-ranking regime member caught in corruption suspicion. But other friends of Gen Prayut, including his brother Gen Preecha, also have been excused from the rule of law. It is inexcusable that the NACC refuses timely investigation and release of information to the public. It is far worse when the government allows such conduct.

What we can’t help thinking is how many corruption cases have simply been hushed up? Imagine what it is going to be like if this regime continues for another four or more years. How corrupt will it become when The Dictator has to cover up for his political party as it eats its fill at the taxpayer’s trough?


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10 12 2018
The other junta (non-) processing terminal | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] A week ago, a Bangkok Post editorial prompted PPT to again post on the puppet National Anti-Corruption Commission’s year-long (non-)investigation of Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan’s undeclared diamonds and dozens of luxury timepieces. […]

10 12 2018
The other junta (non-) processing terminal | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] A week ago, a Bangkok Post editorial prompted PPT to again post on the puppet National Anti-Corruption Commission’s year-long (non-)investigation of Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan’s undeclared diamonds and dozens of luxury timepieces. […]

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[…] maybe he’ll take the legal route. Much like Gen Prawit’s massive luxury watch collection “borrowed” from a (dead) friend, Thammanat might just be hoping that the whole heroin […]

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[…] Khaosod reports that the watchman, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, wants five people arrested on these (disguised) lese majeste charges of […]




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