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Rak Thailand Party leader Chuvit Kamolvisit Tries to Expose Gambling Dens

Rak Thailand Party leader Chuvit Kamolvisit shows photos of alleged illegal casinos during a press conference at his park,‘‘Suan Chuvit’’ on Sukhumvit Soi 10, as he accuses police of failing to uncover gambling dens around Bangkok. SOMCHAI POOMLARD

 

CHIANGRAI TIMES – Mr Chuvit, an opposition MP has disclosed several illegal gambling dens in Bangkok, told a news conference yesterday gambling den operators have expanded their influence among police, politicians and reporters.

“They [gambling den operators] delivered computer laptops to reporters covering the Metropolitan Police Bureau beat but the matter was covered up. They also claimed they have police generals to back them up,” Mr Chuvit said.

“This is a dangerous move, showing the influence of gambling den operators has expanded to every corner of society.”

Sadet Bunnag, the TJA’s vice-president for media rights and freedom, suggested Mr Chuvit hand any evidence to media organisations or the National Press Council, so those organisations could launch an inquiry into the claim.

Mr Chuvit showed reporters pictures of a room containing gambling machines and equipment. He said the images showed a new casino which will open in early February.

He said the casino was fitted out with modern and expensive gambling equipment, just like legal casinos in Macau.

It is similar to the casino in Ratchadaphisek area that was closed down last August, he said.

He said the Ratchadaphisek casino would resume its business within one or two weeks after his news conference because a casino could generate more than 20 million baht of revenue each month.

“Whenever it reopens, I will video the place again,” Mr Chuvit said.

Mr Chuvit claimed on Saturday that a group of “men in uniform” had been behind the reopening of a large casino in Bangkok, which would be launched this Thursday or Friday.

Anna Wong

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