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Italian-Thai boss charged with hunting in sanctuary

KANCHANABURI: Construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta has been arrested for allegedly hunting wildlife in the World Heritage Thungyai Naresuan sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 6 February 2018, 12:14PM


A park ranger stands guard over Italian-Thai Development Plc president Premchai Karnasuta (sitting) and the two other suspects at their hunting camp in Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province. Photo: supplied by Piyarach Choncharoen

A park ranger stands guard over Italian-Thai Development Plc president Premchai Karnasuta (sitting) and the two other suspects at their hunting camp in Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province. Photo: supplied by Piyarach Choncharoen

Park rangers arrested Premchai, the 63-year-old president of the huge SET-listed construction company Italian-Thai Development (ITD), in a no-camping area of Huai Pachee forest in the western part of the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in tambon Chalae of Thong Phaphum district late on Sunday night (Feb 4).

Officials found skinned carcasses of protected wild animals, including a 1.48-metre-long black panther, a Kalij Pheasant and a barking deer, three long-barrelled guns and ammunition in his possession.

Arrested with him were ITD employee Yong Dodkhruea, 65, of Ratchaburi province, Nathee Riamsaen, 43 from Nakhon Ratchasima province, and Thanee Thummat, 56 from Kanchanaburi. They were charged with unauthorised hunting, unauthorised hunting in a wildlife sanctuary, unauthorised possession of wildlife carcasses, illegally bringing hunting tools into a wildlife sanctuary, unauthorised collection of forest products and illegal possession of firearms.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Surasak Kanchanarat said today (Feb 6) that Thanya Netithammakul, director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, reported the arrest to him and he ordered officials to carefully investigate the issue.

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Premchai and the three other people entered the wildlife sanctuary on Saturday (Feb 3). They informed park rangers they were going on a two-day-one-night trekking and camping trip. They would use the 30-kilometre Tinuai-Tikong-Maharat trail.

On Sunday a Maharat forest ranger unit informed the sanctuary management that Premchai’s group were staying in a no-camping area.

Rangers were sent to their camp and brought them back to the sanctuary office about 2:40am on yesterday (Feb 5).

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Christy Sweet | 06 February 2018 - 15:08:46

They killed.....Black Panther. Uh oh.

DeKaaskopp | 06 February 2018 - 14:23:42

I hope they all get the maximum possible punishment!

Kurt | 06 February 2018 - 13:49:46

..." Do you know who I am"?..
After officials realized that, they will salute with hand at their caps, than a fine of 500thb, a slap on the wrist and they drive this 'influential' nicely home, provided with the number of a donation fund. 

No?  Wait and see.  Will never be prosecuted.

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