Final court appearance for Actress 'Patt'

Final court appearance for Actress 'Patt'

Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul is surrounded by news reporters as she arrives at the Criminal Court for the final time on Monday. (Photos by Pornprom Satrabhaya)
Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul is surrounded by news reporters as she arrives at the Criminal Court for the final time on Monday. (Photos by Pornprom Satrabhaya)

Actress Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul reported to the Criminal Court for the final time on Monday after prosecutors dropped charges against her of money-laundering and involvement in drug smuggling.

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Actress 'Patt' makes final report to court

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A smiling Ms Napapa said her worries had 50-60% disappeared.

Actress Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul reported to the Criminal Court for the final time on Monday after prosecutors dropped charges against her of money-laundering and involvement in drug smuggling.

Ms Napapa was in May summonsed to report to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) after 1.9 million baht was found to have been wired to her bank account in installments by her husband Akarakit Worarojcharoendet, who faces trial for helping launder money for the alleged drug smuggling ring led by Lao national Xaysana Keopimpha.

She was subsequently charged by police.

The prosecutors announced last Thursday they would not  indict Ms Napapa on the charges because the police case report presented no solid evidence of any wrongdoing.

A smiling Ms Napapa said her worries had  50-60% disappeared. Previously she had to report to the court every 12 days, although she had spent her life normally after being investigated.

Her lawyer Arkhom Kongsawat said they would now wait for a decision by national police chief Chaktip Chaijinda whether he would appeal the prosecutors’ decision.

If the police chief decided to challenge the decision, the case would be forwarded to the Office of the Attorney-General for a final determination.

Ms Napapa has been returned her 500,000 baht bail surety.

Ms Napapa took her 6-month-old son to the court on Monday, and the family had an opportunity to meet there. Mr Akarakit, who is being held in custody, was at the court for the pretrial examination of evidence and witness lists.

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Vocabulary

  • actress (noun): a woman who performs on the stage, on television or in films/movies, especially as a profession - นักแสดงหญิง
  • alleged: claimed to be true although not yet proven; claimed to have done something wrong but not yet proven - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
  • appeal: to make a request that a court change a decision of a lower court - ยื่นอุทธรณ์
  • bail: money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money  - เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว
  • challenge (verb): to question whether something/someone is trueful, accurate, or legal - คัดค้าน
  • charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
  • charges (noun): official statements accusing someone of committing specific crimes - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • chief: a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ
  • Criminal Court: a court which hears criminal cases, i.e., cases where people are accused of breaking a law and where punishment involves going to jail. - ศาลอาญา
  • custody: the state of being in prison or under police control, especially while waiting for trial - การกักขัง, การคุมขัง
  • decision (noun): a choice or judgement that you make after thinking and talking about what is the best thing to do - การตัดสินใจ
  • determination: officially finding out or deciding something - การชี้ขาด, การตัดสินใจ  การชี้ขาด
  • disappear: to no longer exist; to no longer be in use - หายไป, สาบสูญ, สูญหาย
  • evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน
  • face: to (likely) have to deal with a problem - เผชิญ, พบ, เจอ
  • forward: to send onwards - ส่งต่อ
  • indict (verb): to officially accuse someone of a serious crime - ฟ้องร้อง
  • installments (noun): a series of regular payments - การผ่อนส่ง
  • investigate: to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
  • involvement: the act or process of taking part in something - การเกี่ยวข้อง
  • launder (verb): to hide the origin of money obtained from illegal activities by putting it into legal businesses ฟอกเงิน - ฟอกเงิน
  • lawyer: an attorney - ทนาย
  • money-laundering (adj): hiding the origin of money obtained from illegal activities by putting it into legal businesses - การฟอกเงิน
  • Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) (noun): the division of the Royal Thai police in charge of cracking down on illegal drugs - กองบัญชาการตำรวจ ปราบปรามยาเสพติด
  • national: a citizen of a particular country - ประชาชน
  • normally: usually; in normal circumstances - โดยปกติ, ตามปกติ
  • Office of the Attorney-General (noun): the main agency responsible for criminal prosecution, legal advice to state agencies, representation of government in court and for international cooperation in criminal matters - สำนักงานอัยการสูงสุด
  • opportunity (noun): a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something - โอกาส
  • previously: before -
  • prosecutors (noun): lawyers whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty อัยการ - อัยการ
  • smuggling: secretly and illegally taking goods or people into or out of a country - ลักลอบขนสินค้าหรือคนหรือสัตว์เข้าและออกจากประเทศอย่างผิดกฎหมาย
  • solid: completely good, with no mistakes or bad parts - ซึ่งไว้ใจได้, มีเหตุผล
  • subsequently: happening or coming after something else - ซึ่งตามมา
  • summons (verb): to officially order someone to come to a place - เรียกตัว
  • surety: money given as a promise that you will pay a debt, appear in court, etc - การค้ำประกัน
  • trial (noun): the process of judges examining a legal case in a court of law and making a legal decision about it - การพิจารณาและตัดสินคดี
  • wire (verb): to send money to another person's bank account - ส่ง
  • witness: someone who tells a court or investigators what they know about a crime or other legal case. - พยาน
  • wrongdoing: breaking the law or doing something "wrong" - กระทำผิดศีลธรรม, ละเมิดกฎหมาย
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