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Re: Wildlife hunters must face justice

Post by caller » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:52 am

The BP are already raising concerns about the investigation.

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Re: Wildlife hunters must face justice

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Animal cruelty added to Premchai hunting case

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KANCHANABURI: Park officials have added animal cruelty to the charges against construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta, who was arrested early this month for allegedly hunting wildlife in a World Heritage forest.

Pol Maj Gen Krisana Sapdej, deputy commissioner of Provincial Police Region 7, said officials of the Western Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary filed the complaint of animal cruelty on Monday.

As the whereabouts of Mr Premchai, president of Italian-Thai Development Plc, were not known, police would send a summons this week for him to report and acknowledge the new charge, he said.

Cruelty to animals carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail and/or fine of 40,000 baht.

Mr Premchai and three others were arrested on the night of Feb 4 when park rangers also found the carcasses of an endangered black Indochinese leopard, a protected Kalij pheasant and a barking deer near his camp in a no-camping area.
Earlier reports said they cooked and ate the meat. Eight bullet holes were later found in the leopard's skin. The suspects were each released on bail of 150,000 baht, with no ban on leaving the country, and ordered to appear in court again on Feb 17.

The 63-year-old construction tycoon and his three companions already faced nine charges - including unauthorised hunting in a wildlife sanctuary, unauthorised hunting of protected wildlife, unauthorised possession of wildlife carcasses, and attempted hunting in a wildlife sanctuary.

Other charges were taking firearms into a wildlife sanctuary without authorisation, hiding illegally acquired wildlife carcasses, unauthorised entry into a wildlife sanctuary, unauthorised possession of hunting tools and unauthorised possession of guns and ammunition in the park, along with attempted bribery.

On Tuesday officials of the Western Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary handed a Toyota Land Cruiser of the 30th Anniversary edition to police for further examination.

The officials on Feb 6 impounded the four-wheel-drive vehicle Mr Premchai's group used it to enter the wildlife sanctuary.

Wildlife protection officials continued to search their illegal campsite for more evidence on Tuesday.
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Re: Wildlife hunters must face justice

Post by Nereus » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:04 pm

Police: Premchai's firm encroaches on forests

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Italian-Thai Development Plc president Premchai Karnasuta has allegedly encroached on some 6,000 rai of forest land in Loei province, according to police.

Thai media reported on Tuesday deputy police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul was in Phu Rua and Dan Sai districts in the upper Northeast to check on his land holdings after he had information Mr Premchai might have encroached on forest land.

He found Mr Premchai had three businesses in the province. Chateau de Loei is a winemaker and Phu Rua Vanothayan is a vineyard in Phu Rua while Rang Yen Resort is in Dan Sai.

According to police, Mr Premchai owns 147 plots totalling 6,215 rai of land through C.P.K. International Co Ltd in the form of Nor Sor 3 Kor land rights documents.

In 2003, the documents were revoked and the company applied for a concession to replace them as allowed under Section 12 of the Land Act for 6,229 rai to grow crops and flowers.

Before the application was approved, the company withdrew its application following the news that land titles would be given out for 679 rai adjacent to his land. Six of the 679 rai was part of the land it occupied.

The company applied for a concession again for 6,215 rai and once more withdrew the application because of the news of more land titles would be given out this year.

Pol Gen Srivara said aerial photos show the company had farmed on 6,215 rai since 2003 even though the Nor Sor 3 Kor land documents had been cancelled and no concession had been approved.

“Farming on the land is tantamount to encroaching on forest land under the forest, land and environment laws,” Pol Gen Srivara said.

The damage to the state is estimated at 600 million baht, he added.

The Royal Forest Department and the Lands Department have also filed complaints against the company while Mr Premchai is involved as a director.

On Feb 4, Mr Premchai, together with three others, was caught with carcasses of animals of endangered species and several firearms in a prohibited area of the World Heritage Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province.

He was charged with hunting animals of endangered species, hunting in prohibited areas and possession of firearms. He denied the charges.

The deputy police chief said he would check Mr Premchai’s land holdings in other provinces as well.
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Re: Wildlife hunters must face justice

Post by Nereus » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:51 pm

It's not surprising that people like this get away with offences when you read reports like this:
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Court dismisses Premchai special treatment rumours

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Construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta will be required to appear in court late in March since he has benefited from a relaxed rule of the Thong Pha Phum Court.

Suriyan Hongwilai, spokesman of the Court of Justice, explained the procedure on Friday, apparently in a bid to quell rife speculation Mr Premchai might be enjoying a special treatment when he was not required to appear in court in 12 days like other suspects.

Mr Suriyan explained that by law police might prolong the detention of a suspect for seven periods of 12 days each.
As police sought the first detention period for Mr Premchai and three other suspects on Feb 6, they would normally be required to appear in court again on Saturday.

However, the Thong Pha Phum Court was an exception since it has relaxed its rule on reporting during police interrogation since 2013. The reason was that most suspects in the tourist town were not local people, Mr Suriyan said.

"If suspects were to report themselves every 12 days, it would be a waste of time and cause them to lose incomes," he said.

The Thong Pha Phum Court now requires all suspects to show up in court from the 4th detention request onward and every suspect is treated the same way.

“Based on this rule, Mr Premchai is required to appear in court for the first time on March 26,” Mr Suriyan said.

The 63-year-old president of Italian-Thai Development Plc was arrested with three other people in a no-camping area at the Western Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Thong Pha Phum district of Kanchanaburi on Feb 4. Seized from them were long-barrel guns and ammunition.

Later, park officials found hidden carcasses of wildlife, including that of a bullet-ridden black leopard. Earlier reports said they hunted wild animals there to eat the meat.

The court later approved their detention during police interrogation but released them on bail on a bond of 150,000 baht each.

The four suspects faced numerous charges relating to wildlife, forest, weapon and cruelty-on-animal laws. They denied the charges.

Police later searched Mr Premchai's house in Bangkok and found many long-barrel guns and two pairs of elephant tusks which were being examined to find their place of origin.
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Re: Wildlife hunters must face justice

Post by hhinner » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:32 pm

He's obviously a poor billionaire - only one house? I wonder what might be found if he were to have other properties.

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