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Charges to be pressed as DSI investigates pool resort built in protected Phuket forest

Charges to be pressed as DSI investigates pool resort built in protected Phuket forest

PHUKET: Paisarn Noopichai, Director of the Phuket office of the Royal Forest Department (RFD), has confirmed to The Phuket News that a formal complaint has been filed with the police to press charges over 200 rai of protected forest being cleared to make way for construction of a small pool resort.

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By Khunanya Wanchanwet

Monday 9 March 2020, 11:21AM


Mr Paisarn explained that officers from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Phuket RFD officer inspected the site, in the hills overlapping the boundaries of Wichit and Chalong, last Tuesday (Mar 3).

The inspection followed Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin receiving a complaint alleging that “influential people” had have cut down trees covering 200 rai in the Khao Nakkerd National Forest.

The complaint was then handed to the DSI to investigate, Mr Paisarn explained.

The complaint alleged that several land brokers had conspired together to clear the land and build on it, then apply later to have land titles issued on the basis that the land had already been occupied for many years.

The complaint also alleged local politicians were involved, and that wood harvested from the area had been used by a local municipal office.

However, Mr Paisarn told The Phuket News, “The investigation has confirmed that the encroachers are just three local residents, no politicians were involved.

“I cannot reveal the names of those people because the information is about to be given to the police,” he said.

Mr Paisarn also said that the investigation had confirmed that wood used by Wichit Municipality is not from this part of the forest area.

“It is a different type of wood and sourced from villagers in the area,” he said.

The formal complaint for police to press charges was filed with Wichit Police on Friday (Mar 6), Mr Paisarn confirmed.

“The DSI is continuing its investigation to gather more evidence, including aerial photographs and survey maps, to be used in the case” he added.

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Jor12 | 10 March 2020 - 12:25:33

Just at a guess, it has taken this long for investigations to be partially completed, that debunks the false news reports by the idiots.

Christy Sweet | 10 March 2020 - 11:33:32

Come on up to Layan around Soi 7 where 50 or so rai   of Sirinart National Forest Reserve has recently been chopped down for more overpriced villas and condos. 

Kurt | 10 March 2020 - 09:57:52

It will fade away again after a fresh shake of the 'influential money trees'.

Fascinated | 09 March 2020 - 23:14:16

This first came to light about 6 months ago but quietly faded away until now.

Kurt | 09 March 2020 - 12:35:40

200 Rai of protected forest destroyed!  That is not nothing! Under the eyes of the RFD! Is the RFD not patrolling protected Phuket Forest?????  What to pick? Incompetency or laziness?

Kurt | 09 March 2020 - 12:24:38

Just 3 local residents? Must be a influential threesome. Name and shame them!  If not I guess there is RFD Government 'closed eyes' corruption involved seen the clearing and construction  
 progress.

Capricornball | 09 March 2020 - 11:49:24

Blah Blah Blah, so it starts again. Influential people called out, "agreements" reached between all the players, then the project steams ahead and the people of Thailand get screwed. That's just how it works here. The people at the top of the economic food chain are often the most corrupt and part of the problem with this entire country. It saddens me to see the average Thai get scre...

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