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NACC is expected to rule on the wristwatch and diamond ring controversy March 29

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The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is due to decide on the controversy concerning Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s expensive wristwatches and a diamond ring Thursday afternoon (March 29).

The anti-graft watchdog will base its resolution on the findings of a panel which has spent four months investigating the case.

An informed source close to the NACC said that the investigation by the panel focused on two issues:  firstly, whether Gen Prawit, also Defence Minister, deliberately refused to declare the pricey wristwatches and the diamond ring to the NACC and, secondly, whether the wristwatches and diamond were ill-gotten gains.

The source further noted that the NACC had either of the two options:  it could vote to clear Gen Prawit of allegations or suspicion of wrongdoings or it could rule that it still has doubt over the pricey assets and then set up another panel to dig deeper into the case.

If panel may be headed by Ms Supa Piyachiti who once led the probe into Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration’s controversial rice pledging scheme.

NACC chairman, Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, will not attend the NACC meeting on March 29 to spare himself from criticism because he used to serve as an aide to Gen Prawit. 

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