90 M’sians held in Thailand

DANOK (Thailand): Ninety Malay­sians were among 224 people arrested by Thai authorities in a raid on an illegal gambling centre at the border town.

According to the 5th Infantry Division special forces chief Col Nipon Chantana, 134 Thais were arrested in the operation on Friday night.

“Fifty law enforcement personnel from various agencies raided the illegal gambling centre at the Thai-Changloon 7 Lane in Samnakkham, Danok, following information from the intelligence team,” he told reporters on Saturday.

He said the authorities seized 35 gambling devices as well as various local and foreign currencies worth 2.3mil baht (RM266,307) during the midnight raid at the centre that was recently set up.

Col Chantana said the authorities would also investigate to determine whether the owner of the centre was a local or from Malaysia.

All those arrested were being detained at the local police station to facilitate investigations, he said.

Under the illegal gambling law in Thailand, he said offenders could face imprisonment between three months and three years, with a fine of between 500 baht (RM58) and 5,000 baht (RM579). — Bernama