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Casino Raid a Sham, Will Open Again With Help of Corrupt Gov’t, Former Soapy King Claims

Police from the 191 Special Operations Unit and the Metropolitan Police Division 2 arrested 14 Thais, 22 Chinese, 14 Burmese and two Malaysians playing baccarat in the basement on the condo on Ratchadaphisek 18 Road.
Police from the 191 Special Operations Unit and the Metropolitan Police Division 2 arrested 14 Thais, 22 Chinese, 14 Burmese and two Malaysians playing baccarat in the basement on the condo on Ratchadaphisek 18 Road.

An illegal casino where 52 Thais and foreigners were arrested Saturday will be back up and running in no time, because the raid was for show and the cops were in on it, a former MP and soapy-massage king said Monday.

Chuwit Kamolwisit, who made his fortune on bars and hookers before joining Parliament, going to jail and becoming a TV presenter, wrote on his personal Facebook page June 27 that the June 25 operation on a high rise in Bangkok’s Huai Khwang District was just political theater.

Police from the 191 Special Operations Unit and the Metropolitan Police Division 2 arrested 14 Thais, 22 Chinese, 14 Burmese and two Malaysians playing baccarat in the basement on the condo on Ratchadaphisek 18 Road.

Police also seized 4.36 million baht in cash and 30 pieces of casino equipment. A Thai patsy named Ekarin took the fall as being the manager on duty.

Local police are now being accused of turning a blind eye – and an open hand – to the illegal casino.

Chuwit, whose soapy brothels were located in the same neighborhood, could barely contain his guffaws at the absurdity of the well-publicized raid, alleging that the Chinese casino owner was tipped off to the raid by corrupt cops instructed by ruling party politicians to do something to show the government was doing its job ahead of yet another no-confidence censure debate brought by the opposition.

The raid was simply “window dressing” and just for show. As soon as the no-confidence vote is over, the casino will open again and cops and politicians on the take will be getting their cuts again, Chuwit said.