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Bangkok officer under investigation for gambling after video emerges

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A Metropolitan Police officer is under investigation for gambling in an illegal casino in Bangkok. A video clip of the casino has been shared online, with mounting pressure on the officer. Royal Thai Police deputy spokesman Krisana Pattanacharoen said the Metropolitan Police chief has ordered the Pathumwan Station to investigate whether a man caught on video gambling at a den is indeed a police inspector. The video clip, seen below, appears to portray a man resembling a Region 6 inspector, who is seen playing a dice game at the den.

Although the den’s location has yet to be disclosed, netizens have speculated that it might be in central Bangkok. According to Krisana:

“If the man in the video is found to be a police officer, he will face severe disciplinary and criminal action. National Police Chief Chakthip Chaijinda has always emphasised to all police divisions that it is unacceptable for officers to break the law and those who do will face severe punishment. If any officers are found guilty of breaking the law, their superiors too will face disciplinary punishment for negligence to do with their subordinates.”

Bangkok officer under investigation for gambling after video emerges | News by Thaiger

SOURCES: Thai Residents | Nation Online

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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