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NACC decides more probe is needed on DPM Prawit’s wristwatch controversy

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After four months of investigation by its panel, the National Anti-Corruption Commission today (March 29) decided not to decide on the controversial issue pertaining to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s diamond ring and luxury wristwatches by assigning the panel to conduct further probe to find out the real owner or owners of the wristwatches.

The NACC was supposed to make a decision to put an end to the controversy after the panel had wrapped up its investigative report which included four written clarifications from Gen Prawit about his diamond ring and 25 luxury wristwatches which he was reportedly seen wearing on different occasions.

NACC secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said the anti-graft watchdog wanted its panel to question two “new” witnesses and to examine further information from sale representatives of the brandname wristwatches in Thailand.

Also, he said that the NACC wanted the panel to ascertain who are the real owner or owners of the expensive wristwatches as Gen Prawit claimed he borrowed them from a friend.

Mr Worawit disclosed that the panel confirmed that the diamond ring was inherited by the deputy prime minister from his mother.  As for the 25 wristwatches which were claimed by Gen Prawit to be borrowed from a friend who was already dead, he said there were actually 22 of them as three others repeatedly reported.

He disclosed that the investigative panel had confirmed the various wristwatches seen to be worn by Gen Prawit did exist, but more details about the wristwatches and who actually own them are still lacking.

Mr Worawit said the investigative panel had sent inquiries to 13 sale representatives of the brandname wristwatches, but received responses from only three of them, hence the need to get information from the rest of the companies.

Asked whether Gen Prawit will be invited to meet with the investigative panel, Mr Worawit said the panel would try to get more information first.

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