MP caught with iPad porn
Pheu Thai MP for Nong Khai Pongpan Sunthornchai has admitted to viewing photos of barely-dressed women on his iPad during a parliamentary debate, but claimed he accidentally clicked on a link that downloaded the images.
- Published: 18/08/2013 at 12:07 AM
- Newspaper section: topstories
Nong Khai MP Pongpan Sunthornchai pressed the wrong link and accidentally got sexy pictures. Then he pressed the wrong link again and got more raunch. Then he tried again and again, and he kept getting sexy photos. It was all so confusing, and right in the midst of an important budget debate. (Photos by ASTV-Manager newspaper)
Mr Pongpan said Saturday that while he was a politician caught by a photographer viewing inappropriate pictures during the debate, he had no intention to view them.
While parliament was deliberating on the Commerce Ministry’s transport costs of rice on Friday, Mr Pongpan said he was searching for information regarding the issue on his iPad. As he was not familiar with the new device, he said, he accidentally clicked a link featuring fashion photos. Racy pictures automatically popped up on the screen, he said.
He said that what appeared on his iPad were not pornographic pictures, but pictures of women in swimming suits.
The government MP added that he was afraid of using this technology again and wanted to return his iPad to parliament, which recently handed out iPads to all MPs. Mr Pongpan said he wanted to apologise for the incident.
On Democrat MP Boonyod Sooktinthai’s move to raise this issue for a House debate, the Pheu Thai MP said he had already explained the matter to Mr Boonyod, who later agreed not to bring the issue to the House panel.
If the issue is raised by the House committee, Mr Pongpan said he would be ready to explain the incident.
Mr Pongpan denied allegations of having parliament police intimidate the photographer who incriminated him during the debate.
He said that while he met the photographer during the course of Friday’s lengthy debate, he had only requested the photographer not to show pictures of him sleeping during breaks for the sake of the parliament’s image.
He said he was not aware that the photographer had seen the raunchy pictures appear on his iPad.
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