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Luxury resort, cars worth B3bn seized from alleged triad boss Tuhao

Luxury resort, cars worth B3bn seized from alleged triad boss Tuhao

BANGKOK: Authorities have seized a luxury resort and cars, worth about 3 billion baht in all, from alleged Chinese triad boss Chaiyanat ‘Tuhao’ Kornchayanant, who is accused of involvement in the drug trade.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 10 December 2022, 09:00AM

The government’s Pali Prab Ya task force on Friday (Dec 9) morning seized the land and structures of Divaluk Resort & Spa Resort Co in Bang Sao Thong district of Samut Prakan. ‘Tuhao’ is named as its shareholder, Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said on the same day, reports Bangkok Post.

There were five blocks of land totalling 39 rai, and nine buildings with 375 beautifully decorated rooms in the resort grounds. The task force also confiscated nine luxury cars, including a Bentley Continental GT and Toyota Alphard.

The assets seized were worth B3.02 billion, said Mr Somsak. He thanked the Department of Land and the Department of Land Transport for their cooperation.

This round of seizures was different from the earlier seizure of assets worth B1,131 million by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board announced by the ministry on Dec 8, Mr Somsak said at a media briefing on progress in the case.

He called on people to give authorities whatever information they had about the illicit drug trade. They would be eligible for a reward of 5% of the assets seized as a result.

Mr Somsak said informants should not be worried, there were witness protection teams provided by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

The ministry was setting up a whistleblowing system online, a block chain that would enable informants to receive rewards via cryptocurrency. This would keep informants safe, said Mr Somsak.

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King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang was working on this online system, which was expected to be ready in January next year, he said.

Mr Chaiyanat turned himself in to police on Nov 23 after an arrest warrant was issued by the Bangkok South Criminal Court for his alleged involvement in the drug trade. He denied all the charges, but the court denied him release bail, ruling him a flight risk.

Subsequently, police raided many locations across Greater Bangkok, including a luxury housing project in Samut Prakan where most units were found to have been purchased through Thai nominees with suspected links to Mr Chaiyanat.

Former politician and massage parlour Chuvit Kamolvisit attended the ministry’s press conference on Friday, and said he wanted to confirm that he would not keep the reward he was entitled to. He would give all the money to hospitals.

The former outspoken politician first exposed the "grey businesses" run by Chinese triads in Thailand, one he said was headed by a man known as "Mr Tuhao", and is entitled to a reward of 5% of the assets confiscated from the gangsters, the justice minister said on Thursday.

Mr Chuvit questioned why investigators had not pressed money laundering charges against the alleged crime boss known as Mr Tuhao.

He said he went to the Office of the Attorney-General this morning to hand over evidence relating to Tuhao’s activities. In future, he may hand over all documents and evidence he had to the DSI, which could take it up as a special case. He promised to keep a close watch on progress made in the case.

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JohnC | 10 December 2022 - 09:28:26

If this guy is a 'Chinese triad' why is his name 100% Thai. Was he also gifted citizenship by the corrupt officials or is he in fact just a Thai criminal? 
By the way, very amusing to call a minivan a luxury vehicle (Toyota Alphard) More accurate to call it a taxi.
Mr Chuwit doesn't need 'his reward' because he has been ripping off Thai people his whole life already.


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