Prawit says he is ready to answer questions about luxurious watch and diamond ring

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said today (Dec 6) that he was ready to answer questions about his Richard Mille watch and a diamond platinum ring if asked by the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC).

Gen Prawit is responding to reporters’ questions about calls for the NACC to investigate the possession of the luxurious watch and the ring.

“If they (NACC) ask, I will answer,” he said.

The picture of Gen Prawit wearing the luxurious watch and diamond ring was snapped on Monday (Dec 4) when the cabinet ministers took group photos at the Government House.

The picture later went viral among the Thai social media users and led to calls by the Pheu Thai Party and the association for the NACC to investigate if the Deputy Prime Minister has declared the assets or not.

Srisuwan Janya, secretary-general of the Association for the Protection of the Constitution, said he would submit a complaint to the NACC tomorrow (Dec 7), asking them to to probe if Gen Prawit concealed the assets and if he is unusually rich.

According to his investigation, Mr Srisuwan said the two items were not on the list of assets Gen Prawit declared to the NACC when he assumed the office in October 2014.

Under the Thai anti-corruption law, item that is valued over 200,000 baht must be declared.

He added that Gen Prawit earlier declared he had 87 million baht worth of assets which included 53 million baht cash in bank accounts.

Gen Prawit earlier defended that the diamond ring is an old asset and it is only one karat diamond platinum ring.

A watch guru told BBC Thai that Gen Prawit’s Richard Mille watch costs about 3 million baht.