Senior cop caught hunting wildlife
- Published: 15/11/2012 at 04:42 PM
- Online news:
A hunting trip in a national park may cost a high-ranking police officer his career, unless he can prove his innocence.
Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Chaiwat Limlikit-auksorn led a team that arrested nine hunters in a boat on the night of Nov 10. One of them was Pol Lt Col Theerayuth Ketmungmee, an inspector at Pran Buri police station
The national park officers also seized the carcass of a mouse deer, a protected animal, more than 100 mountain frogs, 10 guns and about 100 bullets, a boat and some outdoor equipment.
Initially, eight men were charged with illegally carrying weapons, hunting and being in possession of dead wildlife without permission, as well as hunting protected animals.
The ninth person, Pol Lt Col Theerayuth, was charged with entering the national park without permission and was fined 1,000 baht.
On Tuesday, questions were raised as to why Pol Lt Col Theerayuth was not charged on the same accounts as the other eight suspects.
Mr Chaiwat said he did not immediately charge the inspector because he denied ownership of any of the guns, and of the dead wildlife, saying that he was only riding the boat to the national park.
However, photos found in a camera owned by one of the arrested men clearly showed that Pol Lt Col Theerayuth seemed to be part of the hunting team, so he has now been further charged, according to a report on the Daily News website.
Pol Lt Col Theerayuth has been transferred to temporary work at Prachuap Khiri Khan provincial police station for 30 days. He reported personally to Pran Buri police station to acknowledge the charges against him.
If the police officer is found guilty, he will face a disciplinary investigation.
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