The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News Thailand News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

ITD under pressure over state contracts

BANGKOK: The Stock Exchange of Thailand-listed Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD) has been thrust into an unwelcome spotlight as questions have been raised over its corporate governance after the arrest of its president, accused of poaching wildlife in a Kanchanaburi World Heritage sanctuary.

animals, crime, construction,


Bangkok Post

Thursday 8 February 2018, 08:34AM


Two pairs of elephant tusks were also seized during the search. Photo: Patipat Janthong
Two pairs of elephant tusks were also seized during the search. Photo: Patipat Janthong

Critics question if the company should be allowed to undertake state construction projects any longer.

Three online campaigns at Change.org have been launched calling for a boycott of ITD, demanding that transparent legal action be taken against hunters in national parks, and particularly so in the case of ITD president Premchai Karnasuta, accused of poaching wildlife in Thungyai Naresuan sanctuary over the weekend.

Social media users shared comments about how upset they feel over the killing of wild animals.

Some Facebook users have changed their profile picture to a photo of an Indochinese leopard and a message that reads: “Don’t let me die for nothing.”

They apparently want to make sure that wrongdoers in the case face legal consequences and will not enjoy impunity because of their wealth and influence.

Premchai, 63, was arrested in the sanctuary on Sunday night (Feb 4) along with three others – ITD employee Yong Dodkhruea, 65, of Ratchaburi, Nathee Riamsaen, 43, from Nakhon Ratchasima, and Thanee Thummat, 56, from Kanchanaburi.

They were found with the carcasses of protected wild animals, including a 1.48-metre-long Indochinese leopard, a Kalij pheasant and a common muntjac, also known as a barking deer, as well as three long-barrelled weapons and ammunition. The four have been granted bail with a bond of B150,000 each. They denied the charges.

As netizens reacted to the bust, some users shared a Facebook post from 2016 featuring a picture of Premchai among other men in a forest. One of the members in the group wrote that they were going hunting in the woods.

Meanwhile, ThaiPBS shared an audio clip it acquired from a source which is believed to be a conversation while Premchai and his group were in officials’ custody.

In the clip a man apparently tries to convince officials to stop the arrest. If you “want anything, I will ask my subordinates to send it over by truck”, the man says.

“Firearms will be seized? Hope not. All are registered,” the man says, adding he “will ask phu yai [a person with power] to settle this”.

Another person in the clip says there should be legal loopholes to get the confiscated weapons back.

British International School, Phuket

Still, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday (Feb 7) that it was too early to say if the case involving Premchai would have any bearing on ITD’s bidding for state projects.

Mr Wissanu said any personal wrongdoings must be separated from company affairs and the matter should be left to authorities to investigate.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said the case will not affect state construction projects which ITD has been contracted to undertake.

ITD has won several state construction projects, including covering parts of the wildlife corridor and widening Highway No.304 which divides part of the world-renowned Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai forest complex.

Addressing Premchai’s case, Kesara Manchusree, president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand, said while the Securities and Exchange Act does not cover offences relating to Premchai’s case, there remain questions over moral integrity and appropriateness.

Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong said Premchai’s case involves personal conduct and is not covered by the Securities and Exchange Commission's regulations.

Meanwhile, police yesterday carried out further probes into Premchai and his group. Police obtained approval from the Criminal Court for the search of his sprawling residence on Soi Soonvijai 3 in Bangkok’s Huai Khwang district yesterday morning and entered the grounds around midday.

Afterwards, Col Suwat Intasit, deputy commander of the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division, said the search turned up some 40 long guns, apparently rifles and shotguns.

The firearms will be sent for examination to determine whether they are collectors items or had been used as weapons.

Two pairs of elephant tusks with legal ownership registration were also found. No wildlife carcasses or other illegal items were found and no traces of people moving things to escape detection were identified. Withoon Yimprai, Mr Premchai’s lawyer, was present during the search.

Read original story here.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
Security:
   => Forget password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


As watch saga drags on, all eyes on NACC

With the watch sage of Pom Prawit dragging on, next year thailand's graft rank number will return from 96st now up again to 101st or even higher. ...(Read More)


First day of traffic lights sees slew of accidents

Unbelievable stupidity. Heelllooo you morons!...those lights that change from green to yellow to red are the warnings that the light has been turned o...(Read More)


Preaw in court, now denies killing karaoke bar girl

Hang her from the highest tree!..Heartless monster killing this young girl for tipping the police off about her scumbag punk-ass boyfriene. And where...(Read More)


Car impaled at Chalong Underpass construction site

Obviously, lessons are not learned here. Complete irresponsible idiots to leave a hazardous construction site with insufficient warnings or cautions....(Read More)


Preaw in court, now denies killing karaoke bar girl

This is Disney Land. Right? Not true You kill someone, and than you go court because the compensation the family of the murdered/cut up woman ask i...(Read More)


Car impaled at Chalong Underpass construction site

As no one injured, we can laugh about this. However, it is a disgrace how safety measures are not carried out by this construction company. We daily...(Read More)


First day of traffic lights sees slew of accidents

All road users should drive in a manner where they expect the unexpected, particularly in phuket. There could easily have been a child running into th...(Read More)


First day of traffic lights sees slew of accidents

Crazy, all these 'local' nonsense excuses When traffic lights at a junction flash yellow, you proceed with caution, not with high speed! Whe...(Read More)


First day of traffic lights sees slew of accidents

Thats insane driving. The 4x4 should be in jail for this. It does not matter if the lights are in use or not. If 2 motorbikes have stopped you do not ...(Read More)


Car impaled at Chalong Underpass construction site

So the car owner may lodge a complaint against the construction company for negligence to protect the construction site with fences and lighting....(Read More)

The Phuket News
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.