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Graft buster tells Prawit to submit additional documents on diamond ring

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has sent a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, asking him to submit additional clarification on the acquisition of his diamond ring and other assets, NACC secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said today (Jan 5).

Speaking at a press conference on the progress the NACC's probe into Gen Prawit's assets, Mr Worawit said the NACC would summon four persons, all of them are in private sector, for questioning next week.

The four were mentioned by the deputy prime minister in his clarification documents over the luxury wrist watches submitted to the NACC on Dec 27.

Mr Worawit declined to name the four persons nor the number of the luxury wristwatches Gen Prawit clarified to the NACC.

The NACC secretary-general said the deputy prime minister's clarification document mentioned all the the wristwatches exposed in the social media, not just on the wristwatch he wore while having a group photo with the cabinet minister at Government House on Dec 4.

For the diamond platinum ring, Mr Worawit said that the NACC had notified Gen Prawit to give more evidence on the jewelry as well as some undeclared property.

He said the examination of these assets has no complexity as it is a normal process and is expected to finish within this month.

But this could be extended if the NACC needs more information and needs questioning more persons, he said.

The NACC also reported progress in five cases it investigated. They include the embezzlement of temple renovation and development fund, palm tree plantation project of PTT Greenery, Rolls Royce bribery scandal, Thai Airways' chartered flight to Hawaii, and speed camera detector procurement project.

As for the temple fund scandal, altogether 133 temples were implicated and the NACC has found grounds to probe 12 of them, while for the rest of the temples, fact-finding is under way. So far, the investigation has completed for two temples, one of them is Wat Phananchoeng Worawihan.

As for the oil palm plantation project of PTT Greenery. The NACC has set up a full panel to investigate the case because it involves substantial amount of damage. Forty-seven witnesses have been questioned and the commission has asked for information from Indonesia with the case expected to be wrapped up in September.

Regarding the bribery case concerning the procurement of Rolls Royce aircraft engines, about 80 percent of documentary evidence have been collected with 60 percent of witnesses questioned. Cooperation has been sought with the British manufacturer for additional information.

On THAI' s chartered flight to Hawaii for a delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit, the NACC agreed not to accept the case since last year after the Office of Auditor-General ruled there was no irregularity involved.

As for the proposed procurement of pricey speed guns of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, no complaint has been lodged with the NACC.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)