By Suriya Patathayo
Prawit is the deputy PM overseeing police and sport affairs.
As part of the operation – dubbed “Pitakpai Dulaeprachachon 61” (guarding from harm and taking care of public members in the year 2018) – Chalermkiat had also proposed that some 1,000 websites linked to football betting be shut down and around 1,000 “Net Idol” celebrities in Thai social media, who are based across the country and allegedly appear in football-gambling advertisements, be investigated.
He said police were in the process of verifying the identities of those accused of being “Net Idol” persons, with a view to summoning them for testimony.
If found guilty, they would be charged under Article 12 of the Gambling Act, which says that anyone arranges for or promotes others to gamble shall be punished with a one-year jail term and/or a Bt1,000 fine, he added.