Watching porn lands Thai MP in hot water

23 Apr 2012

A Thai member of Parliament photographed looking at an indecent image on his phone is facing an investigation by the ombudsman. Nat Bantadtan was at a Parliamentary reading in Bangkok of a bill amending the charter on Wednesday, when he was snapped while opening the image on his smart phone.  

The MP tried to explain the embarrassing moment away later by claiming that a friend had sent him the pornographic picture and he had to open it up to delete it. Unluckily for Mr Bantadtan, his gaffe happened on the same day that an as yet unnamed person beamed an image of a semi-naked female onto a projector screen in Parliament.

Many politicians with the ruling Pheu Thai party have alleged that the projected image and the MP’s telephone photograph were the same. Mr Bantadtan denied this by claiming the images were of different women.  

A former Thai senator, Ruangkrai Leekijwattana, has petitioned ombudsman Sriracha Chareonpanich to take disciplinary action against Mr Bantadtan. The ombudsman said at the weekend he had not received the motion from the senator yet, but thought house regulations would not necessitate the MP resigning or being forced out of the job.

On a personal note he added that it was unwise of Mr Bantadtan to be looking at indecent images when he should have been giving his full attention to the house debate. The MP belongs to the Democrats. Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday the party had no plans to investigate Mr Bantadtan and would leave it to the ombudsman. 

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