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Thai MP Caught Looking At Porn On His Phone In Parliament

Thai MP Caught Looking At Porn On His Phone In Parliament

An MP in Thailand was caught looking at porn on his phone in parliament.

Reporters in the gallery were able to snap Ronnathep Anuwat looking at the X-rated images for more than 10 minutes during a budget reading in Bangkok yesterday (Wednesday) evening.

Anuwat was caught in the act. Credit: ViralPress
Anuwat was caught in the act. Credit: ViralPress

The politician partially removed his face mask while looking at the photographs, one of which depicted a topless woman, another a woman lying naked on her side and a third a close-up of a woman's vagina.

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The MP, who represents Chonburi province for ruling military Palang Pracharath Party, was subsequently confronted over his porn perusing, and while he admitted to looking at the pornographic pictures, he made a bizarre excuse as to why he scanned them for so long.

Speaking to local media, Anuwat said he received the unsolicited messages on the app Line from a girl who was 'asking for help'. He said he wanted to 'observe the environment surrounding the girl in the picture' as he feared she was 'being harassed by gangsters who had forced her to take the pictures'.

But after more than 10 minutes, he said he realised the woman was 'asking for money', so he deleted all of the images.

Anuwat said he was concerned about the welfare of the woman in the pictures. Credit: ViralPress
Anuwat said he was concerned about the welfare of the woman in the pictures. Credit: ViralPress

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Government officials also summoned Anuwat for an explanation, but they ruled that no further action would be taken against him.

House speaker, Chuan Leekpai, said the images were a 'personal matter' and there were currently no rules about what MPs could look at on their phones in the meeting room. He said no MPs had complained about the matter so no action would be taken. He also urged the public to separate personal matters from MPs' duties.

This is not the first time an MP in Thailand has been caught looking at porn though. In June 2012, Bangkok MP Nat Bantadtan was also caught flicking through porn on his phone during a constitutional amendment. Bantadtan said the image was sent to him by a friend, but he closed it as soon as he realised what it was.

A similar thing happened in Ukraine in 2017, when MP Vyacheslav Konstantinovsky was caught watching porn during a debate.

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According to Lenta.ru, he admitted it was an 'inappropriate location' to watch porn, but said: "At least I wasn't playing Pokémon Go."

He added that he had gotten tired of the 'circus that was going on in the hall'.

Featured Image Credit: ViralPress

Topics: World News, Thailand

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