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Rak Thailand Party list MP Chuvit Kamolvisit received support from a police investigating panel for his allegations that a large illegal casino had existed right under the noses of local police. 

Chuvit Kamolvisit on Saturday revealed a new video clip which he said shows gambling equipment being moved out of an illegal casino. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTHAKSIN

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Casino did exist, police say

Rak Thailand Party list MP Chuvit Kamolvisit continued his one-man campaign to expose illegal gambling casinos in Bangkok over the weekend.

He showed why police had been unable to find the casino in the Sutthisan area he had revealed in parliament last week.

Police were too slow to take action, he said, allowing the owners to remove all evidence. To prove his allegation, he played a video which he said showed gambling equipment being moved out of the gambling den.

He said yesterday this was the last time he would disclose information about this particular casino, as he found it unacceptable that the police had waited for three days before starting their search.

Yesterday, the Royal Thai Police's panel probing the alleged illegal casino supported Mr Chuvit’s claims

Pol Gen Sathaphon Laothong, who is leading the panel, said yesterday the panel believed the casino had existed but had been stealthily dismantled since it was identified  by Mr Chuvit.

He said information gathered through questioning witnesses, combined with the video clip submitted by Mr Chuvit,  was sufficient evidence to suggest the allegations were true.

Pol Gen Sathaphon said the panel had already verified the new video clip and had found traces of recent dismantling inside the building Mr Chuvit said was a casino.

"As such, the Sutthisan police station chief could no longer insist that there had not been such a casino [in the Sutthisan police station's jurisdiction], and he will have to face a disciplinary punishment," said Pol Gen Sathaphon.

More senior police officials were to be summoned for questioning today before the panel could wrap up its investigation and hand a report to national police chief Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree by tomorrow, Pol Gen Sathaphon said.

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reveal – to show or let something become known เปิดเผย
gambling – the activity of betting money, for example in a game or on a horse race การพนัน
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
exist – to be real; to be present in a place or situation  มีอยู่
campaign – a series of actions intended to produce political or social change การรณรงค์
expose – to make something publicly known because you believe it is illegal or dishonest ตีแผ่ เปิดเผย
prove – to use facts, evidence, etc. to show that something is true พิสูจน์
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
allegation – an accusation; a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved ข้อกล่าวหา
den – a place where people meet in secret, especially for some illegal or immoral activity บ่อน
disclose – to give information to people เปิดเผย
unacceptable – that you cannot accept, allow or approve of ซึ่งไม่สามารถยอมรับได้    
search – looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something การค้นหา
panel – a group of people who make decisions or judgments คณะกรรมการ
probe – to investigate; to attempt to find out the truth about something; to examine ตรวจสอบ
alleged – claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
claim – saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
stealthily – done quietly or secretly ผลุบโผล่, ลอบ
dismantle – to take something apart รื้อ
identify – to recognise something and understand what it is ชี้ ระบตัวุ
gather – to search for and find things that you need or want รวบรวม
witness – a person who sees something happen or knows about something  ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์, พยาน
combined – mixed or put together รวมกัน
submitted – formally given to someone so that they can make a decision about it ยื่น
sufficient – enough เพียงพอ
verify – to prove that something is true, or to make certain that something is correct พิสูจน์ว่าเป็นความจริง
traces – very small amounts of a substance ร่องรอย
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
jurisdiction – the authority that an official organisation has to make legal decisions about somebody/something เขตอำนาจตามกฎหมาย
disciplinary punishment – punishment of people who do not obey the rules  การลงโทษเนื่องจากการฝ่าฝืนวินัย หรือระเบียบ
senior – with a high rank or position อาวุโส
summoned – officially ordered someone to come to a place, especially a court of law เรียกตัว
wrap up –  to finish  ทำให้เสร็จสิ้น
investigation – probe; the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง

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