Chuwit goes to jail

Chuwit goes to jail

"I'd never thought, even for a second, of fleeing and sipping wine on a yacht," Chuwit declared unlike those who flee the country before their sentences are read.

CRIME

Chuvit gets 2-years in jail after pleading guilty

28/01/2016
Online Reporters

Chuvit Kamolvisit, 55, and 65 others were sentenced to two years in jail each without suspension by the Supreme Court Thursday for the demolition of bars and shops on a Sukhumvit Square night strip in 2003.

In late 2005, the land was turned into Chuvit Park, a public park personally funded by Chuvit.

Chuvit said he had bought the land in 2002 and planned to build a four-star hotel there but had problems with existing tenants.

ARRIVAL AT COURT

On Jan 28, the massage parlour tycoon turned politician arrived at the court at 10am, accompanied by his wife and son.

He paid respect to a Buddha image in front of the Bangkok South Criminal Court and said he was ready to accept any ruling to set a precedent for other politicians and the general public.

"I'd never thought, even for a second, of fleeing and sipping wine on a yacht," he told reporters before entering the court to hear the sentence.

Chuvit Kamolvisit is escorted to hear the Supreme Court ruling on a case involving forceful demolition of Sukhumvit Soi 10 beer bars and shops in 2003 at the South Bangkok Criminal Court on Thursday. (Photo by Pawat Laupaisarntaksin)

PREVIOUS NO SHOWS, POSTPONEMENTS OF VERDICTS & SURPRISE GUILTY PLEA

The ruling was finally read today after two previous reschedulings when four defendants facing punishment failed to show up.

The reading of the verdict on Aug 23 last year was rescheduled for Oct 15 which in turn was rescheduled for January 28. 

Those facing possible punishment included a military officer involved in the demolition, a Major Thanyathep, formerly of the 11th Infantry Battalion.

On Oct 15 Chuvit surprised everyone by pleading guilty after having been found guilty in the past by a court. Chuwit said he would accept the verdict today and not seek royal pardon.

The strategy of confessing guilt appears to have worked because Chuvit's 5-year sentence was reduced to 2-years.

FACTS OF THE CASE

Chuvit and 65 other defendants were found guilty of hiring people (thugs) to damage people's property, trespassing at night and unlawful detention during the demolition of shops 13 years ago.

Chuvit on one of his campaign posters as the angry no-nonsense graft buster (Source: Wikipedia)

At 4am on Jan 26, 2003, more than 300 men knocked on the doors of the bars and shops on the 10-rai strip of land on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 10.

Shortly afterwards, they used backhoes to flatten 60 bars and shops, causing an estimated 100 million baht in damage.

Prathuang Srisuk, then 23, who resided in one of the shops, argued with the men and was hit on the left ear and injured.

Forty-two of the 44 owners of the demolished shops filed a complaint against Chuvit and 130 others, accusing them of trespassing and damaging property as well as forcefully detaining a person.

After a three-year trial, the Bangkok Southern Criminal Court on July 13, 2006 acquitted all defendants except Chuvit's lawyer, Charnwet Malaibucha, who was sentenced to eight months in jail.

On Sept 11, 2012 the Appeals Court found 66 defendants guilty of damaging people's property and handed a five-year sentence to 60 defendants, including Chuvit and Maj Thanyathep Thammathorn and imprisoned six others for three years and four months.

The 66 defendants then appealed to the Supreme Court which delivered its final verdict today.

CHUWIT'S BACKGROUND

After giving up his life as a major massage parlour tycoon, Chuwit created a no-nonsense graft-busting persona for himself .

Chuwit first gained notoriety during Thaksin's War on Dark Influences as a fearless whistleblower exposing police corruption

He then entered public life and won a seat in parliament in 2005, founded the Rak Thailand Party and continued to expose police corruption focusing mostly on gambling dens.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/crime/843312/chuvit-gets-2-year-jail-term-in-bar-demolition-case

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Vocabulary

  • accompanied by: to happen or exist while something else is happening -
  • accuse: to say that someone has done something wrong or committed a crime - กล่าวหา
  • appeal: a request to a court to change a decision by a lower court - อุทธรณ์
  • Appeal Court (Court of Appeal) : a court that decides requests that a decision made by a lower court be changed - ศาลอุทธรณ์ 
  • aquitted: when a court of law finds that someone is not guilty of the crime they were accused of - การตัดสินให้พ้นโทษ
  • argue: to speak angrily to somebody because you disagree with them; to give reasons why you think that something is right/wrong, true/not true, etc, especially to persuade people that you are right - โต้เถียง, โต้แย้ง, เถียง, อ้างเหตุผล
  • as well as: also -
  • background: information about some person or subject that helps you better understand them and understand current events - ประวัติ
  • backhoe: a large vehicle with machinery for digging, used in building roads, etc. - รถขุดหรือรถเจาะ
  • barricade: a temporary structure built to prevent someone/something from getting past - แผงหรือแนวรั้วกั้น
  • battalion: a large group of soldiers made up of several smaller groups known as companies - กองทหาร, กองพันทหาร
  • campaign (noun): a planned series of activities designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party - การรณรงค์หาเสียง
  • complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การบ่น, ข้อที่ไม่พอใจ
  • confess (verb): to admit that you have committed a crime - สารภาพผิด
  • continued: happening or existing for a period of time without interruption - ซึ่งติดต่อกัน, ซึ่งต่อเนื่องกัน
  • corner: a region or an area of a place; a part of something where two or more sides, lines or edges join - มุม
  • court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล
  • 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
  • damage (verb): to harm or spoil something/somebody - ทำความเสียหาย
  • dark influences: when criminals and politicians take action to avoid laws being enforced, so that they can do illegal activities -
  • defendant: someone who has been accused of a crime and is on trial - จำเลย
  • demolish: to completely destroy a building, especially in order to use the land for something else - รื้อ (สิ่งก่อสร้าง), ทำลาย
  • demolition: complete destruction - การรื้อถอน, การทำลาย
  • detain (verb): to keep someone in a place and not allowing them to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
  • detention (noun): forced to stay in a place - การกักตัว
  • detention (noun): the condition of being forced officially to stay in a place - การกักตัว
  • dozens (noun): large numbers of; a lot of people or things (1 dozen = 12) - มากมาย, เป็นจำนวนมาก
  • escort: a person or a group of people, vehicles, ships etc that go somewhere with another person, vehicle, ship etc in order to protect them or to prevent them from escaping - คนที่คุ้มครอง
  • estimated: thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available - ประมาณการ
  • except: not including -
  • existing (adj): present now; in use now; used now - ที่มีอยู่
  • expose: to make something or someone publicly known because you believe something illegal or dishonest has happened - เปิดเผยออกมา
  • fearless (adj): not afraid, in a way that people admire - กล้าหาญ, ปราศจากความกลัว
  • flee: to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger - หนี อพยพ
  • focus: to give attention, effort, etc. to one particular subject, situation or person rather than another - เพ่งความสนใจ
  • formerly: in earlier times - ก่อนหน้านี้
  • found: to start an organization, company, political party etc - สร้าง, ก่อตั้ง, สถาปนา
  • fund: to provide money for something - ให้เงินทุน
  • gambling den (noun): an illegal gambling place, a place where people gamble illegally - บ่อนการพนัน
  • general public: people in general - ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน
  • graft busters (noun): an informal term used for the National Anti-Corruption Commission - ปปช. (สำนักคณะกรรมการป้องกันและปราบปรามการทุจริตแห่งชาติ)
  • guilty: having been decided by a court of law that you committed the crime your were accused of - มีความผิด
  • hiring (noun): looking for new workers - กำลังจ้างคนงาน
  • image: a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing - รูปภาพ
  • imprisoned: in a prison or another place from which a person cannot escape - ถูกขัง
  • infantry: soldiers who fight on foot, not on horses or in tanks or other vehicles - ทหารราบ
  • injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • Interior Ministry: the Thai ministry with responsibility over the Royal Thai Police, local administrations, internal security, citizenship, disaster management, land management, issuing national identity cards and public works - กระทรวงมหาดไทย
  • jail (noun): a prison - เรือนจำ, ห้องขัง, คุก
  • knock (verb): to hit something (example: knock on the door) - เคาะ, กระทุ้ง, กระแทก, กระตุก, ชน, โขก, เขก
  • lawyer: an attorney - ทนาย
  • maintain (verb): to keep something at the same level or state and not change it -
  • military officer: a person in the military with a high rank - นายทหาร , ผู้มีหน้าที่ในเรื่องการรบประจำกองทัพทหาร
  • night strip: a part of town with many nightclubs, discos and other forms of nightlife -
  • no show: a person who does not attend an event where they have been invited or are expected to attend -
  • no-nonsense (adj): in a very serious way - อย่างจริงจัง
  • notoriety: the state of being famous for something bad - ชื่อเสียงในทางที่ไม่ดี
  • order: a situation in which everything is well organized or arranged - ความเป็นระเบียบเรียบร้อย
  • pardon: an official decision to forgive someone for committing a crime and to free them from full or further punishment or to have their punishment reduced - การอภัยโทษ
  • parliament: the group of people who are elected to make and change the laws of a country; the building where members of parliament meet. - รัฐสภา
  • plead guilty: to formally tell a court of law that you did commit the crime you are accused of - รับสารภาพ  ให้การว่าได้กระทำผิดตามที่ถูกกล่าวหา
  • policy (noun): a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย
  • politician: a person whose job is concerned with politics, especially as an elected member of parliament, etc. - นักการเมือง
  • precedent: an action, situation or decision which has already happened and which can be used as a reason why a similar action or decision should be performed or taken - มาตรฐานในการตัดสิน, ตัวอย่างหรือแบบอย่างที่มีมาก่อน
  • property: a building or buildings and the surrounding land - อสังหาริมทรัพย์
  • public: open to people in general - สาธารณะ
  • punishment: an act or a way of punishing somebody - การลงโทษ
  • reporters (noun): people whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
  • reschedule: to change the time at which something has been arranged to happen, especially so that it takes place later - จัดตารางเวลาใหม่, เปลี่ยนตารางใหม่
  • reside: to live in a particular place - อยู่อาศัย
  • role: the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation - บทบาท
  • ruling: having control over a particular group, country, etc - ซึ่งมีอำนาจ, ซึ่งปกครอง
  • ruling  (noun): a judgement; a decision by a court of law - คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
  • seat: a position in a committee, group or organization -
  • seek: to try to obtain or achieve something - พยายามได้มา
  • sentence: (of a court of law) to officially state what someone's punishment will be - พิพากษา, ตัดสินลงโทษ
  • sentence : (of a court of law) to give a punishment - ลงโทษ
  • shelter: a place where people are protected from danger or bad weather; a temporary place to stay - ที่หลบภัย  ที่พักชั่วคราว
  • show up: to arrive at a place - แสดงตัว, ปรากฏตัว
  • social (adjective): related to society, to people and the way they are connected to each other and interact with each other - เกี่ยวกับสังคม
  • strategy: a plan or method for achieving something, especially over a long period of time - ยุทธวิธี, แผนการ  
  • support: to give help, encouragement or sympathy to somebody - สนับสนุน, เป็นกำลังใจ
  • supreme court: the highest court in a country - ศาลฎีกา, ศาลสูงสุด
  • suspension: suspension of jail term, a situation when the court decides that the person who has been proven guilty of a crime does not have to undergo the punishment given, usually under certain conditions - การรอลงอาญา
  • suspension (of a jail term): a situation when the court decides that the person who has been proven guilty of a crime does not have to undergo the punishment given, usually under certain conditions - การรอลงอาญา
  • temporary: done or used for only a limited period of time, i.e., not permanent - ชั่วคราว
  • tenant: a person who pays rent for the use of a room, building, land, etc. to the person who owns it - ผู้เช่า
  • thug: a man who is violent, especially a criminal - นักเลง, อันธพาล
  • trespass: to go onto someone's land or enter their building without permission - บุกรุก,รุกล้ำ
  • trespassing: going onto someone's land or enter their building without permission - การบุกรุก,การรุกล้ำ
  • trial (noun): the process of judges examining a legal case in a court of law and making a legal decision about it - การพิจารณาและตัดสินคดี
  • tycoon: a person who has succeeded in business or industry and has become very rich and powerful - นักธุรกิจที่ร่ำรวยและมีอิทธิพลมาก
  • verdict (noun): a decision by a court of law - คำพิพากษา
  • whistleblower: a person who informs people in authority or the public that someone is doing something wrong or illegal -
  • yacht: a large expensive boat that is often used for racing or sailing - เรือยอชท์, เรือท่องเที่ยว,เรือเที่ยวเล่น,เรือแข่ง
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