Saturday, October 31, 2020

Former Pop idol Pookie and husband confess to money laundering and drug trafficking

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Former hit singer Prissana Praisaeng, aka Pookie, and her husband confessed to drug trafficking and money laundering when they appeared in the Criminal Court in Bangkok on Monday and three other suspects to the Criminal Court on Monday for the examination of evidence and witness lists ahead of their trial for drug trafficking and money laundering.

Corrections Department officials took the former pop idol, her husband and three other suspects to the court on Monday for the examination of evidence and witness lists ahead of their trial for drug trafficking and money laundering.

State prosecutors and counsel for the defendants were to present their lists for verification and approval.

Pookie, her husband Cholawit Keetatrakul, Kanthathorn Kaewkrachang, Tharinee Khaobundit and  Taiwanese national Hung Cheng Yi  were indicted after the singer and her husband were arrested on June 17 at a rented house in Bang Khen district with a variety of drugs in their possession.

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Police seized 98 grammes of crystal meth, eight speed pills, 10 ecstasy pills, four grammes of ketamine and 40 grammes of marijuana, along with chemicals and equipment allegedly used to produce drugs.

The couple’s arrest followed the detention of the Taiwanese defendant at a hotel near Suvarnabhumi airport with about five kilogrammes of ketamine as he was about to board a flight to Taiwan. He alleged he had obtained the drug from the couple.

The alleged role of the other co-accused, a man and a woman, was unclear.

The Taiwanese defendant confessed to the charge of drug possession on the day he was arrested. The others had denied the allegations against them.

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However, Pookie and her husband both confessed before the court on Monday. The other two defendants decided to fight the charges.

Pookie was a well-known singer in the past. Her most famous song “Sha-la-la-la-la” received more than three million views on YouTube.

The former Thai-Australian heartthrob is also known as Priscilla Gemelli.

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