Prawit probe findings set for Thursday

Prawit probe findings set for Thursday

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon checks the time, as NACC secretary-general Worawit Sukboon awaits a committee report, due on Thursday. (Main photo via Twitter/@wassanananuam)
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon checks the time, as NACC secretary-general Worawit Sukboon awaits a committee report, due on Thursday. (Main photo via Twitter/@wassanananuam)

The fact-finding committee into the luxury watches worn by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will present its findings to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Thursday.

NACC secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said Monday the panel has scrutinised a 38-page written explanation of the 39.5-million-baht collection submitted by Gen Prawit.

The NACC will decide on Thursday whether to summon Gen Prawit to appear in person to make a statement, Mr Worawit said.

"Now that Gen Prawit has presented his clarification, if the NACC feels the information is still incomplete, it will ask him to provide further details," Mr Worawit said.

The saga over Gen Prawit delaying providing his explanation started when the first deadline passed on Jan 8, after that it was repeatedly extended leading to criticism that the NACC was stalling the inquiry.

The NACC has claimed that because of the growing number of watches exposed on social media, the commission needed more time to investigate. It also claimed that to be fair it also had to give Gen Prawit more time to gather evidence.

The luxury watches were not declared among his assets to the NACC and Gen Prawit claimed they all belonged to friends and have since been returned to their owners.

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Vocabulary

  • clarification (noun): explaining something more clearly so that it is easier to understand - การทำให้กระจ่าง, การอธิบาย
  • criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
  • evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน
  • inquiry: an official examination of a problem, crime,  accident, etc. in order to get information or the truth - การไต่สวนหาข้อเท็จจริง การไต่สวน
  • saga: a long complicated series of related usually negative events - การเล่าอย่างยืดยาว
  • scrutinised: carefully examined - ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
  • stall: to delay - ทำให้ล่าช้า
  • statement: a formal written/spoken account of events that a person who has seen a crime or who has been accused of a crime gives to the police - คำให้การ
  • summon: to officially order someone to come to a place - เรียกตัว
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