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Post by Nereus » Mon May 07, 2018 2:08 pm

Premchai, wife plead not guilty to ivory possession

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Embattled construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta, his wife and an associate pleaded not guilty to possession of two pairs of African elephant tusks, at the Criminal Court on Monday.

Mr Premchai, 64, his wife Khanitta, 64, and Wandee Somphum, 71, arrived at the court in the morning to lodge the plea in connection with the ivory tusks -- about a metre long and worth millions of baht -- seized from his residence in Bangkok in February.

They did not have to seek additional bail because they were previously granted bail of 300,000 baht each during an earlier court process.

Public prosecutors pressed charges against the three on April 11. They were charged with unauthorised possession of carcasses of protected wildlife, smuggling and concealment of the smuggled objects.

The three were at the court for about two hours. Afterwards Mr Premchai told reporters that he denied all charges, and that the court set a witness hearing for June 25. He also said that he was worried about the outcome of the case.

The tusk case followed authorities' search of Mr Premchai house on Soi Sun Wichai 3 in Huai Khwang district, Bangkok, on Feb 7, where they discovered the tusks along with 43 guns and ammunition.

During a police interrogation, the three defendants said Mrs Khanitta had inherited the legally acquired tusks in 1987 and that she and Miss Wandee reported the possession to the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation on April 15, 2015.

Mrs Khanitta said the tusks came from domestic elephants and Ms Wandee signed a document of assertion to that effect.

However, genetic testing found the ivory came from an African species, which cannot be registered under Thai law.

Mr Premchai and three others were first arrested on the night of Feb 4 for allegedly hunting animals in Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, a Unesco World Heritage site, in Kanchanaburi province. They were found in possession of the carcasses of protected animals, including a rare black leopard and its pelt.

The arrest led to numerous charges against Mr Premchai, president of Italian-Thai Development Plc, concerning poaching and the possession of firearms and the tusks.
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Post by Nereus » Thu May 24, 2018 8:47 am

Premchai indicted on bribery rap

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Public prosecutors indicted construction magnate Premchai Karnasuta and his associate on a charge of bribery Wednesday in connection with their alleged poaching in Kanchanaburi's Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary in February.
The other suspect is Yong Dodkhruea.

The Criminal Court on the same day ordered the duo to testify before the court next Monday.

The move came after Wichian Chinnawong, the wildlife sanctuary chief who led a team to arrest Mr Premchai, lodged a petition with the Counter-Corruption Division (CCD) on Feb 8, urging the agency to pursue legal action against the tycoon and Mr Yong on a charge of colluding in bribing authorities which breaches the Criminal Code.

CCD investigators then wrapped up and forwarded the case to prosecutors at the Department of Corruption Litigation on March 30.

Mr Premchai, the 63-year-old president of the Italian-Thai Development Plc, Mr Yong, 65, and two other individuals were arrested on the night of Feb 4 for allegedly engaging in illegal hunting activities in the sanctuary, which is a Unesco World Heritage site.

The other two are Nathee Riamsaen and Thanee Thummat.
They were found in possession of several dead animals, including a rare black leopard and its pelt. Mr Premchai insisted he did not shoot the leopard and maintains his innocence.

The tycoon alone initially faced six charges.

They are carrying firearms in public without permission, colluding to hunt wildlife in a wildlife sanctuary without permission, conspiring to hunt protected wildlife without permission, possessing protected wildlife carcasses without permission, concealing wildlife carcasses obtained illegally, and collecting wildlife items in a national forest reserve without permission.

The tycoon on Tuesday also pleaded not guilty in the Criminal Court to another charge concerning illegal possession of firearms after 43 firearms were found during a Feb 7 search of his home.

The Kanchanaburi Provincial Court on May 21 rescheduled an examination of evidence and witness lists in the illegal hunting case against the four until June 6 at the request of two defendants.
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