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Thailand Has Its Own “MeToo” Political Sex Scandal


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Thailand Has Its Own “MeToo” Political Sex Scandal

Democratic Party leader Jurin Laksanawisit this week apologized during a press conference for the sex scandal in which the former deputy. party leader, Prinn Panitchpakdi, is involved.

The briefing came after pressure mounted on Jurin to take steps to protect the party’s image tarnished by the scandal.

The Democratic Party leader has apologized for the sex scandal involving a former deputy party leader and acknowledged his own responsibility by resigning from two government committees on gender equality and women’s policy.

Jurin Laksanawisit, who is also the trade minister and deputy prime minister, spoke at a press conference at the party’s headquarters.

He said the Democratic Party was against sexual harassment, violence against women and children and gender discrimination. He confirmed that the party would not protect Mr Prinn or interfere with the justice system.

The party formed a committee to find out the facts in Prinn’s cases and look into rehabilitation for the affected people, he noted.

Prinn resigned from the Democratic Party last week to fight allegations of sexual harassment and rape. He was previously released on bail after answering allegations in two sexual harassment and one rape cases brought against him.

Meanwhile, General Trairong Piwpan, deputy. Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, involved in the ongoing investigation against Prinn, said nine complaints of sexual misconduct against the politician have been lodged with the police at Lumpini Police Station, bringing the total number of accusers to 14.

If further charges are brought against Prinn, the court will be asked to issue an arrest warrant, Colonel Nimit said. However, he did not say how long the investigation would take.

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