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Gambling dens do exist, says Deputy PM Prawit

Gambling dens do exist, says Deputy PM Prawit

THAILAND: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon today (Jan 7) backtracked on his earlier remarks that he believed there were no illegal gambling dens in Bangkok.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 7 January 2021, 11:45AM


Prawit corrected himself after being ridiculed in the media and by the public. Photo: Bangkok Post.

Prawit corrected himself after being ridiculed in the media and by the public. Photo: Bangkok Post.

Gen Prawit corrected himself after being ridiculed in the media and by the public.

“I didn’t mean that gambling dens do not exist,” he said. “We all know that there are gambling dens but it is the duty of police to eradicate these illicit activities.”

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday set up a panel to probe illegal gambling venues and police yesterday announced the arrest of dozens of people linked to such dens in Bangkok.

Deputy Bangkok police chief Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawichai said 81 gamblers and 13 gambling hosts had been arrested in Chaeng Watthana.

The gambling hosts were each jailed for seven months and fined B15,000, while the gamblers were sentenced to 15 days in jail and fined B15,000.

Pol Maj Gen Piya also revealed that police had arrested one man, Amnuay Kiatdonmuang, at a house in Don Muang that was used as a gambling den. He has been charged with organising gambling activities and employing illegal migrant workers.

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Pol Maj Gen Piya said Mr Amnuay was the owner of the premises and police were investigating whether he had been in contact with a group of 18 migrant workers, seven of whom had tested positive for COVID-19.

Another gambling den in the Pin Klao area was searched by police. It was exposed after two workers visiting Kanchanaburi tested positive for COVID-19 and told health officials they had been working at a gambling den in Pin Klao.

The building manager admitted to police the place had been used as a gambling establishment but said it had shut since before the pandemic, according to Pol Maj Gen Piya.

He insisted that police had been clamping down on gambling den owners and gamblers, citing the arrest of 16 people involved in a gambling den in Pin Klao in 2020 and the prosecution of 3,811 people in other gambling cases.

Pol Maj Gen Piya declined, however, to say how many gambling dens were still open in Bangkok, calling it classified information.

Meanwhile, the abbot of Wat Rangsi Sutthawat in Si Racha district, Chon Buri, is urging gamblers at two local dens to have COVID-19 tests. The province has witnessed a virus surge recently, many of the infections were linked to gambling dens.

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Capricornball | 08 January 2021 - 01:16:33

Stooges and crooks are running the show here.  With episodes like this it is no wonder why the average Thai has no hope that society and governance will ever improve here. Corruption takes a toll on every aspect of life in this country, and it hurts the average person the most.  This PM just needs to go.  

Kurt | 07 January 2021 - 13:52:47

A police general declines saying how many gambling  dens are open in Bangkok. So, he has the knowledge of it, but keeps it under his cap. Is that because there is to much brown envelop work at steak? There are no gambling dens and 'spa's' in BKK operating without RTP knowledge/shareholdership. 
Who did advice vice PM Prawit to come out with contradictive laughable 'den' statem...

goldwing | 07 January 2021 - 12:42:18

Complete idiot

 

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