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Chuwit gets two years in jail for demolishing beer bars in Bangkok

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Chuwit gets two years in jail

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BANGKOK: -- Rak Thailand party Chuwit Kamolvisit was sentenced to two years in prison after the Supreme Court found him guilty for ordering 131 men to forcibly demolish 60 beer bars in the heart of capital in 2003 in defiance of law.

The court reversed the five year imprisonment sentence handed down earlier by the Appeals Court on him and 66 others to two years in prison without suspension after he withdrew his appeal and confessed to the offences.

Besides he has also contributed the land in dispute to build a park for public use.

He will be escorted to Bangkok Remand Prison to serve the two years jail term.

Earlier before attending the hearing of his final verdict, Chuwit arrived at the Criminal Court at 10 am with his wife and son and paid homage to the shrine in front of the court and preyed for luck.

He told reporters that whatever outcome will be reached by the Supreme Court, he will accept and will never seek royal pardon.

He said he is ready to be in jail as he wanted to set precedent for politicians to have courage to face any consequence from their bad deeds.

Chuwit, a former MP for Bangkok, had earlier reversed his testimony given to the Appeals Court in defending his charges, and confessed to the offences with the hope that the Supreme Court would grant him mercy.

Chuwit, who was then massage parlour tycoon before he entered politics and became leader of the Rak Thailand party, and two accomplices, were charged for leading 131 men to evict bar owners out of an area known as Sukhumvit Square on Sukhumvit Soi 10.

The bars sprawled over more than 10 rai of land. More than 60 beer bars were forcibly demolished.

Earlier he and 131 others who included his accomplices Lt Colonel Himalai Phiewphan, a military officer attached to the Armed Forces Development in 2003, and Major Thanyathep Thammathorn, who worked at the 11th Infantry Battalion of the Royal Guards, were prosecuted in the Criminal Court for the forced eviction.

But initially, the Criminal Court acquitted all defendants in the case including Chuwit, Himalai, and Thanyathep in 2006.

Only his lawyer, Chanwet Malaibucha was sentenced to an eight-month in jail for showing land ownership document to Lumphini police to mislead them into believing the eviction was legitimate.

Chanwet, prosecutors and co-plaintiffs appealed against the 2006 verdict.

But the Appeals Court found 66 of the convicts guilty, including Chuwit and the two officers.

It sentenced Chuwit and the two officers to five years in prison without suspension.

But both officers were released on 500,000 baht bail each pending appeal to the Supreme Court.

However Chuwit was freed as he had political immunity as a Bangkok MP. He then appealed to the Supreme Court.

But he later withdrew his appeal and confessed to the charges with hope he would get clemency from the high court.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/content/148585

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-- Thai PBS 2016-01-28

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Time to visit him with chicken rice and ice black coffee...

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Strange case indeed. I was stomping around that area near the time this happened quite a bit.

One day that beer bar complex was there, the next it had been razed by maniacs with sledge hammers. It was quite a sight to behold.

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That shitty bar area was a disgrace and he did a public service ripping it down and replacing it with a park

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Some how i liked his political campaigns with No.5 as his symbol, his campaigns were different with a message to people. People also liked him because he was speaking truth.

He gave up his bad karma closing down his massage parlors that was cash cow for police and politicians.

Two year is not that much, he can reform the Thai jails and cleanup the capitalism a bit.

He is good person by not followed the money and joined Thaksin party. thumbsup.gifthumbsup.gif

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"He said he is ready to be in jail as he wanted to set precedent for politicians to have courage to face any consequence from their bad deeds."

Good man.

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Well ........... I gotta say i'm impressed that justice has prevailed and caught up with the offender ..... !!

never thought anything would come of it ...... it cost alot of jobs and destroyed those juke boxes & pool tables ....

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That shitty bar area was a disgrace and he did a public service ripping it down and replacing it with a park

it was just another place for piss heads to drink some more piss and bang some women ....

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13 Years Later, Chuwit Gets 2 Years for Demolishing Property
By Sasiwan Mokkhasen
Staff Reporter

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Still image of politician Chuwit Kamolvisit entering the Supreme Court on Thursday in a video from Matichon TV.

BANGKOK — Massage parlor king-turned-politician Chuwit Kamolvisit was sentenced two years in prison today for demolishing bars and shops 13 years ago on land he later turned into a park named after himself.

The leader of Rak Thailand Party and 65 others were sentenced by the Supreme Court to five years in prison for hiring a group of men to destroy 60 bars located in Soi Sukhumvit 10 in 2003. Unlike other high-profile cases, the court did not suspend Chuwit’s sentence, however it was reduced to two years because he filed a guilty plea before the verdict was originally to be read in October.

At 4am on Jan. 26, 2003, several hundred men arrived with backhoes and leveled 60 beer bars and other shops to clear about 10 rai of land called Sukhumvit Square, which Chuwit had recently purchased. In 2006 it became a private park called Chuwit Garden.



Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1453965738

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-- Khaosod English 2016-01-28

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That shitty bar area was a disgrace and he did a public service ripping it down and replacing it with a park

He had ZERO intention of putting a park there. When he and his thugs and bully boys were caught in their standover tactics evicting longstanding tenants he was shamed into the park deal and a show of fake remorse aimed at escaping justice.

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"Earlier before attending the hearing of his final verdict, Chuwit arrived at the Criminal Court at 10 am with his wife and son and paid homage to the shrine in front of the court and preyed for luck."

I would see this as a spelling error but given this man's predilections for preying on others, especially young girls, I'd say it fits.

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That shitty bar area was a disgrace and he did a public service ripping it down and replacing it with a park

Only building a park to get acquitted. But you keep believing he is one of the good guys..... coffee1.gif

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Finally, a Hi-So grub taken down.........whether he actually does spend time in Klong Prem or Bank Kwai remains to be seen.............

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Chuwit is the kind of guy you kinda like, even though you know you probably shouldn't. 5555

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