Prime Minister General Prayut Chan o-cha said on Monday that he is willing to accept the Constitutional Court’s decision if they found him to be guilty of living in an army house and thus disqualifying him from office.
Prayut said in February that he will continue to live in a house at the 1st Infantry Regiment for safety reasons even though he had already retired after leading the coup in 2014. It is against regulation to stay in army housing after retirement.
A former army chief who also retired, General Apirat Kongsompong, said after the Nakhon Ratchasima shooting on February 8 that the army will “clean-up” corruptions within the army camps.
This include the irregularity within the army’s welfare program where some higher-ranking officers are allegedly abuse their position and army inventory and welfare programs to run businesses.
“I have always been following the law and whatever the law said I will follow,” Prayut said on Monday.
“Wrong is wrong, right is right, that’s it, the legal mechanism must be respected,” he added.
The PM’s insistent to live in the army housing was heavily criticized by opposition parties during the vote of the confidence in February.
Sompong Amornvivat, Pheu Thai Party leader, then asked for the Constitutional Court to rule on its legality.
The Constitutional Court will rule on the case against Prayut on December 2.