MP caught looking at porn on his phone in Thai parliament

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

Ronnathep Anuwat was supposed to be paying attention to a budget reading in Bangkok yesterday evening.

But instead he opened a series of explicit images on his phone and looked at them for more than 10 minutes.

Shocked reporters in the press gallery snapped pictures of the politician, who had even removed his face mask to look closely at the images.

One showed a young woman with her top off, another was lying naked on a bed and a third showed a close up of genitals.

When confronted by reporters Mr Ronnathep admitted looking at them – but made a bizarre excuse.

He claimed to have received the messages unsolicited on the app Line, from a girl who was apparently ‘asking for help’.

Mr Ronnathep told local media he had to view the pictures in detail because he needed to check the background to figure out if the girl was in danger.



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’.

Mr Ronnathep said he eventually realised the girl was ‘asking for money’ so he deleted all of the content.

Government officials summoned the MP for an explanation, but ruled no further action would be taken against him.

House speaker Chuan Leekpai said the images were a ‘personal matter’ and added there were 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, and further warned the public to separate personal matters from MPs duties.

Mr Ronnathep represents Chonburi province for ruling military Palang Pracharath Party.

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