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Watch­man

Thai­land’s most watched phuyai has 16 time­pieces worth 27,337,000 baht. More or less. That we know of. That’s from photo and video files fea­tur­ing Gen Prawit Wong­su­won, the (fig­u­ra­tive) big brother to the gen­eral prime min­is­ter for four decades. On Fri­day, the Na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (NACC) an­nounced its ver­sion of action. It in­tends in a cou­ple of weeks, pos­si­bly, to con­sider steps that will lead to start­ing to get ready to pre­pare to study an en­tirely ob­jec­tive fact-find­ing into how a self­sac­ri­fic­ing min­is­ter of de­fence can live so fru­gally off a monthly salary that he can pick among Milles (3), Rolexes (7), Patek Philippes (4), Piguets (2) — all plu­ral — ev­ery morn­ing be­fore set­ting off to work.

Sek Loso

The “Low So­ci­ety” rocker set him­self a New Year’s week mis­sion: to make Wat Khao Khun Phanom in Phrom­makhiri dis­trict of Nakhon Sri Tham­marat fa­mous. Well, you never heard of it, right? So he had a con­cert on Dec 29 and when it was over, he did what any­one would do at a tem­ple con­cert: busted some caps into the air from his beloved per­sonal pis­tol. So the po­lice came and ar­rested him on dou­ble weapons charges. Then they asked him to do his busi­ness in a small plas­tic cup, and when it turned pur­ple, they charged him again for metham­phetamine use. So he apol­o­gised for be­ing a horse’s ex­treme rear part but also had a big smile. Be­cause now, a lot more peo­ple know about Wat Khao Khun Phanom and its im­pres­sive statue of King Taksin.

Pae­dophiles

These dread­ful peo­ple never seem to have to pay for their hor­ri­ble crimes. Take the Ger­man Bernd Karl-Heinz Nierenz. Please. Ar­rested twice in Thai­land for hav­ing sex with boys aged six to 14. Con­victed of selling the films of him do­ing it, plus, lit­er­ally, 250,000 pho­tos in his col­lec­tion. In March of 1996 (21 years ago), the Thon Buri Crim­i­nal Court sen­tenced him to 43 years in prison.

A few years later — no typo — he was ar­rested in Cam­bo­dia for about the same charges, con­victed and sen­tenced. A few years later, in In­dia … Never, ever showed a soup­con of re­morse. Last week, “Karl-Heinz N” went on trial in Ber­lin for past crimes in In­dia. They’re so pro­tec­tive in Ger­many of this se­rial rapist and child abuser they don’t use his last name, but Nierenz, 67, is still do­ing what he al­ways has done. Some­thing’s wrong with this.

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