Saturday, 22 July 2017

7/22/2017 04:18:00 pm
Police are focused on pictures with alcoholic beverages were posted and shared on social media. Police said Friday they’ve been ordered to monitor social media nationwide for those suspected of advertising alcohol as a trade association argues the renewed crackdown has a vague legal basis.



Authorities are considering charges for violating the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.

According to a police source, the accused celebrities are DJ Davide Dorico, Sirin “Cris” Howang, Pongsak “Aof” Rattanaphong, Hansa “Nuclear” Jungwattanawong, Sean Jindachot and Ratchanon "Guy" Sukprakob. Police will also summon executives from the company linked to the alcohol brand for questioning.

The posts are suspected of promoting drinking and thus allegedly in violation of Section 32 of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act. 

The section bans people from advertising alcoholic drinks and from showing the names and logos of alcoholic drinks to promote them. Offenders face up to one year in prison, a 500,000 Bhat fine, or both.



Additional celebrities were participating in promotions and should remove their posts from all social media channels before police take action against them. 

Police would fine a first-time offender at 50,000 Baht and a repeated offender at 200,000 Baht. Those providing information leading an arrest would get one-fourth of the fine as a reward.

This is not the first time Thai celebrities have been accused of posting photos of themselves with booze. In 2015 seven celebrities, including Pakorn “Dome” Lam and Virithipa “VJ Woonsen” Pakdeeprasong, faced police probes over similar allegations.


Source: Nation

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