Chief Thai Police Chief Admits Borrowing Money from Brothel Owners

Former Chief of Police of Thailand, Somyot Poompanmoung, claimed to have received a loan from a brothel owner who is now a fugitive over sex trade cases. The loan was called to reach the amount of US $ 9.5 million (Rp 126.9 billion).

As reported by AFP Thursday (15/2/2018), in the interrogation held today, Somyot reported has admitted to receiving large amounts of money loan at Bangkok's 'Victoria Secret' brothel owner, who is now the focus of a sex trade probe.

The place has permission as a massage place, but in practice it becomes a brothel. The brothel was raided by police last month, with about 100 sex workers secured. There are at least 13 sex trafficking victims among the sex workers, some of whom are underage and known to have originated from Myanmar.

But to journalists, Somyot is reluctant to disclose his testimony during interrogation by the Special Investigation Department DSI) to the Thai Police. He was asked about his relationship with Kampol Wirathepsuporn, owner of 'Victoria Secret' who is now a fugitive. "I am here as a witness to give information, I can not talk about the details," said Somyot who now runs the Thai Football Association.

This place is one of the 'massage parlors' in Bangkok that offer sex services in dozens of booths private bathub equipped. Prostitution is technically a violation of the law in Thailand. But the prostitution industry is growing rapidly due to the culture of bribery and protection money from local authorities. The raid of a plus-plus massage parlor like this is only done when there is an alleged involvement of minors.

In the raid of 'Victoria Secret' some time ago, found a big book mentioning 20 names of officials allegedly receiving free food, free liquor and even free massage from illegal business.

At least seven pimps and related agencies' Victoria Secret 'has been detained on trafficking charges. But Kampol and his wife are still at large. The Thai authorities are still investigating officials suspected of 'protecting' the brothel.

In a separate statement, the Director of the Bureau of Trafficking in DSI Supat Thamthanarug confirmed that no criminal charges were charged to Somyot in this case.

Last week , Somyot had called Kampol an old friend who helped him financially when needed. Somyot said the loans from Kampol were granted according to the legal corridor and reported to the Anti-Corruption Agency by 2015. It was clear that Somyot was still Chief of the National Police of Thailand

"Borrowing is borrowing, helping is helpful and afterwards the money returned, "said Somyot who tried to brush off allegations of lawlessness against him. He also declared himself not asking where the borrowed money came from.

The relationship between the high-ranking police officer and the brothel owner still provokes the Thai public's attention. Some time ago, Thai Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan was pushed back because of the dozens of luxury watches he wore in recent years.

(nvc / dhn)

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Anti-American clerics in Pakistan are released on deposit money

Pakistani authorities on Monday freed an anti-US and pro-Taliban cleric, Maulana Sufi Muhammad, after eight years in jail. He faced allegations of sedition and was allegedly involved in the attack on the police station.

While some parties in the country considered Muhammad's release as a bad omen, some others supported the move.

"He was 93 years old, severely ill, and can not be treated in prison.The Pakistani court has the authority to release sick and elderly people on bail, "said Latif Afridi, a lawyer and lawyer to the VOA.

Maulana Sufi Muhammad is considered one of many scholars controversial in Pakistan. He collected about 10,000 armed militants in 2001 in the tribal areas of Pakistan to fight against US-led forces in Afghanistan. He led the pro-Syariah movement in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in northwestern Pakistan in the early 1990s and 2000s ending with violence and extermination of his supporters in various regions of the province.

Afridim said Maulana Sufi Muhammad has long been imprisoned, but from 13 cases of prosecution against him there is proven in court, because it frees himself is a fair decision.

But human rights activist from Peshawar, Mehsood Alam, in an interview with the VOA, questioned why the decision was just taken now.

"The Sufis Muhammad's release by the Peshawar High Court is a newfound development, but in a country where the head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD) can be freed, why the Sufi Muhammad was not released immediately."

The United Nations and the United States classify the JUD as terror group. The JUD leader, Hafiz Saeed, allegedly the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, was released by Pakistani authorities on a court order last year. [ps/jm]

Porn Stars Denies Receive Money Mouth Cover About Affair with Trump

A porn actress reportedly had a relationship with US President Donald Trump, a year after marrying Melania. The porn star is even reported to have the money to shut up so as not to boast about the relationship.

In a letter reported by the media Fox News Saturday (13/1/2018), the porn star, Stephanie Clifford denied ever having an affair with Trump.

"Recently I learned that some media alleged I had had sex and / or romantic relationships with Donald Trump years ago.I declare very clearly that this is completely wrong, "writes Clifford who has a famous name" Stormy Daniels. "

"My involvement with Donald Trump is limited to a few public appearances and no more," the woman added in the letter.

Media The The Wall Street Journal reports that private lawyers Trump, Michael Cohen has arranged a payment of US $ 130 thousand (about Rp 1.7 billion) for Clifford to keep his mouth shut about his relationship with Trump. The payments were made in October 2016 – a month before the presidential election in 2016.

The Wall Street Journal reported Clifford had an affair with Trump a year after marrying his current wife, Melania. The relationship was established after the actress met Trump in a celebrity golf event in 2016.

But Clifford also denied it. "The rumor that I have received the silent money from Donald Trump is totally wrong," he said. "If indeed I have a relationship with Donald Trump, believe me, you will not read about it in the news, you will read about it in my book, but the fact is, this story is not true," he added.

The White House has also denied the news. "This is an old recycled report, published and denied before the election," the White House said.

(ita / ita)