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Chuvit Kamolvisit was back in the news yesterday, first embarrassing police about illegal casinos and then being embarrassed himself over his involvement in the sex business. 


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Chuvit makes news twice

Rak Thailand Party leader Chuvit Kamolvisit had an up and down day yesterday.

First, he was back in the public spotlight exposing new information about gambling casinos in Bangkok.

He said a large newly-built casino was expected to open soon about 500 metres from the Meng Jai intersection in Huai Khwang district.

He also accused police of being only half-serious about cracking down on existing city casinos after he had presented video clips in parliament showing a casino in operation in Bangkok's Bang Sue district.

That disclosure led to the transfer of three senior Bangkok police officers to inactive posts and city police ordering a crackdown on casinos around the capital, including the one in question, which was shut down.

Mr Chuvit said, however, the crackdown consisted merely of the police dispatching a hundred officers to raid a number of casinos, but in the end they did nothing and arrested nobody.

If the police are serious about cracking down on illegal casinos in the city, he said, they need to send only one officer with him to a casino and he would help film the illegal gambling activities inside himself.

On the downside, Mr Chuvit also had some major embarrassment yesterday when the Supreme Court reversed an Appeal Court's verdict and ordered the seizure of 3.5 million baht in assets held by himself and his firm Ho Pacific Co.

The Supreme Court overturned the appellate court's ruling which had cleared Mr Chuvit and his company of violating the money-laundering law.

The Supreme Court wrote in its opinion that two witnesses, former workers at Mr Chuvit's two massage parlours, Juliana and Honolulu, clearly testified to the court that they had been forced into working at his massage parlours.

The court also noted that large amounts of used condoms were found in his establishments, indicating that sex was a big part of the business.
 
Adapted from two stories in today’s Bangkok Post by Aekarach Sattaburuth and other Post reporters.

the public – people in general ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน
spotlight – the centre of public attention จุดสนใจของผู้คน, เป็นที่สนใจ
expose – to make something publicly known because you believe it is illegal or dishonest ตีแผ่ เปิดเผย
intersection – a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other สี่แยก
crack down on – to start dealing with someone or something much more strictly จัดการ, ลงมือปราบปราม
existing – used now ที่มีอยู่
in operation – working; doing business ดำเนินการ
disclosure – information or a fact that is made known or public that was previously secret or private  การเปิดเผย
transfer – to change someone’s job or responsibilities โยกย้ายตำแหน่ง
inactive post – a job or position with no real responsibilities or duties
capital – the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from  เมืองหลวง
consist – to be made of or formed from something ประกอบด้วย
merely – only; used for emphasising that something is small or unimportant เพียงเท่านั้น
dispatch – to send someone or something somewhere ส่งคนออกไป
raid – to use force to enter a place suddenly in order to arrest people or search for something such as illegal weapons, drugs or gambling บุกเข้าจับ, เข้าตรวจค้น
arrest – (of the police or, in this case, soldiers) to take someone under control because they are believed to have committed a crime จับกุม
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
embarrassment – a feeling of being nervous or ashamed because of what people know or think about you ความขวยเขิน, ความกระดากอาย
Supreme Court – the highest court in a country ศาลฎีกา, ศาลสูงสุด
reverse – (of a decision) to change เปลี่ยนแปลง
Appeal Court (Court of Appeal) – a court that decides requests that a decision made by a lower court be changed ศาลอุทธรณ์
verdict – a decision by a court of law คำพิพากษา
assets seizure – officially taking away things own by a person or organisation, e.g., money, equipment, property, etc. การยึดหรืออายัดทรัพย์สิน
firm – a business or company บริษัม
overturn – to officially decide that a legal decision, etc. is not correct, and to make it no longer valid ล้มล้าง
appellate – of a court in which people can appeal against decisions made in other courts of law ชั้นอุทธรณ์
ruling – a decision by a court of law คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
violate – to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด
money laundering – hiding the origin of money obtained from illegal activities by putting it into legal businesses การฟอกเงิน
witness – someone who tells a court or investigators what they know about a crime พยาน
testify – to make a statement about something that you saw, know, or experienced, usually in a court of law ให้การเป็นพยาน
establishment – an organisation, a business, an institution or a hotel สถานประกอบการ
indicate – to show that something is true, exists or will happen แสดง, ทำให้รู้

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