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Army Officers To Negotiate For Release Of Nine Thai Gamblers

18 January 2005

THAILAND/CAMBODIA – As reported by the Bangkok Post: "Army officers have been sent to negotiate with Cambodian authorities and the owner of a casino in Poipet about the release of nine Thai gamblers being held for a 90 million baht ($2.3 million) scam.

"The five men and four women include a relative of celebrity socialite Chao Kokaew Prakaikavin na Chiang Mai.

"They allegedly planted a microchip in a betting chip and cheated the casino out of 90 million baht.

"Army spokesman Col Somkhuan Saengpattranet said a border coordinating team would negotiate with local Cambodian authorities and the owner of Star Vegas casino in Poipet, opposite Sa Kaew's Aranyaprathet district.

"…The casino operator has demanded they contact the other gang members to return the 90 million baht as a pre-condition for talks on their release

"…The casino management suspected them of cheating and asked to search one of the women. They found a microchip implanted in a betting chip and a radio device attached to her leg…"

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