All bets off as MP faces gambling charge in Parliament

All bets are off based on spokeswoman Pongsri Tharaphume who revealed “an investigation shall be launched” into an incident involving an unnamed MP who allegedly engaged in gambling activities at his workplace in Parliament.
Parliament president Chuan Leekpai has requested an investigation to find out whether the MP violated the House’s code of ethics. The investigation was initiated in response to a petition filed on behalf of Chuan by Srisuwan Janya, secretary-general of the Association for the Protection of the Constitution, reported Bangkok Post.
Srisuwan reported that the MP, who’s a member of a “long-established” political get together, performed card video games for cash with three other MPs in his office on Wednesday, January eleven.
Srisuwan claimed that a spycam recorded the incident and that the video clip was despatched to him anonymously. The video clip confirmed a clear picture of the MP, but the photographs of the other three MPs have been much less clear. Gambling is in opposition to the law in Thailand, and it’s a legal offence beneath the MP ethics regulation as nicely as the Gambling Act.
Chuan, who also chairs the House committee on MPs’ ethical conduct, will decide on an appropriate punishment if the allegation is confirmed to be true.
Srisuwan emphasized that playing shouldn’t be tolerated in parliament.
“This is a big deal. Parliament ought to be a gambling-free zone.”
Confessions alleged that playing actions had taken place in the old Parliament building on U-thong Road, but there was insufficient proof to take action towards any alleged wrongdoers.
Srisuwan claimed that the MP who hosted the cardboard recreation represents a constituency situated approximately 100 kilometres from Bangkok. Srisuwan said…
“The MP has a historical past of gambling, and it was not the primary time he had performed playing cards in Parliament.”
He noticed what he believed were tokens on the desk that could presumably be used later to redeem players’ winnings. Pongsri expressed gratitude on Chuan’s behalf to Srisuwan for bringing the matter to his consideration by way of the petition.
The MP isn’t the only high-profile figure to face gambling charges. Last week a superintendent from the Provincial Police Region 2 was accused of being the mastermind behind the playing website saipay69 which has sixteen,000 gamblers registered and a turnover of over 50 million baht..

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