Govt defends 21 million baht flight to Hawaii

The military government Monday defended the expenditure of 20.9 million baht for the junta’s No. 2 general and his entourage to fly to an informal discussion with American military in Hawaii last week.

The cost, which included 600,000 baht for in-flight dining, was to fly deputy junta chief Prawit Wongsuwan, also a former Defense Minister, and his entourage of 38 officials to Honolulu to attend the “ASEAN-US Defense Informal Meeting” from Thursday to Saturday, according to government records.

While the lavish spending outraged those who saw it as another example of financial irregularity under the regime, the government said Monday the costs were routine.

 

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