Prayut 'can ignore' summons

Prayut 'can ignore' summons

A ministry official insists Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his deputy Prawit Wongsuwon do not have to appear in person before the House committee on corruption, despite its threat of legal action if they ignore a summons next week.

Prasan Wangrattanapranee, a member of an advisory panel under Gen Prawit, said he has spoken to the House committee to explain Gen Prawit's role in formulating the current budget.

Gen Prayut, meanwhile, faces queries from the committee over his incomplete recital of his oath of office.

The House committee, chaired by Seri Ruam Thai Party leader Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, has invited Gens Prayut and Prawit to give statements before the committee next Wednesday.

Mr Prasan said he felt he has already provided enough information to the committee. If the panel requires additional information, it should outline the fresh questions it wants answers to, he added. He insisted the prime minister and his deputy have the right to respond to any House committee in writing rather than in person.

Asked by reporters what he made of the House committee's threat to take legal action against him and Gen Prawit if they fail to appear, Gen Prayut said the committee was free to do as it pleases. He had already offered the fullest explanation possible, he said, adding he was not sure if he would be available to attend the committee session on Wednesday.

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