ACT questions NACC’s delay in probing wristwatch case
The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has questioned what it suspect to be foot-dragging by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over its investigation into two controversial cases – Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan’s luxury wristwatches which he claimed were “borrowed” from a friend who was already dead and former police chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang’s borrowing of 300 million baht from Kamphol Veerayathepsuporn, proprietor of Victoria Secret massage parlour already closed down by the police.
“Three months have passed since the ACT sent an open letter to the NACC asking for progress about the case of luxury wristwatches and a diamond ring and the case of the former police chief borrowing 300 million baht from a friend. Today, we received from NACC saying they were investigating the case.
“Our question is why the two cases took so long while the other cases of similar nature used to happen before. If that is the case, will the NACC be capable of handling other cases which are more complicated? The people are now worried. Just say wrong if it is wrong, right if it is right. Just disclose the facts,” said the ACT in its letter to the NACC posted today on its webpage.
In its letter of reply, NACC said the two cases were under investigation and in the process of evidence collection, adding that the graft busting agency has periodically informed the public as much as it is permissible by law.
The NACC also promised to inform the public as quickly as possible once it made the decisions.
ACT secretary-general Mana Nimitmongkol said that ACT expected the NACC to come up with a reasonable and clear-cut solutions of the two cases with public interests being upheld as paramount.