Premchai to be indicted on six charges, three dropped

Premchai to be indicted on six charges, three dropped

Italian-Thai Development president Premchai Karnasuta reacts after an interrogation by Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division police on March 21, 2018. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)
Italian-Thai Development president Premchai Karnasuta reacts after an interrogation by Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division police on March 21, 2018. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

RATCHABURI: Prosecutors say they will indict Premchai Karnasuta on six charges in the poaching case on Monday and throw out a police request to add three more against the construction mogul.

Somsri Wattanapaisal, chief of the Office of the Public Prosecution Region 7, announced the decision on Monday after the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) endorsed it. The regional prosecution office, located in Ratchaburi province, has jurisdiction over Kanchanaburi, where the incident took place.

Mr Premchai and three others will be indicted in the Thong Pha Phum Provincial Court in Kanchanaburi province by Monday, she added.

The OAG agreed on the six charges against the Italian-Thai Development president and rejected a push by police to add three more accusations against him, she said.

Prosecutors also demand financial compensation of 3 million baht from Mr Premchai and three other accomplices in the poaching case.

Mr Premchai will be prosecuted for carrying firearms in public without permission, colluding to hunt wildlife in a wildlife sanctuary without permission, hunting 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 other three charges pursued by police were dropped, she said. According to earlier reports, they are: colluding to enter a wildlife sanctuary without permission, colluding to smuggle wildlife-poaching equipment into a wildlife sanctuary without permission, and colluding in an attempt to hunt wildlife in a wildlife sanctuary without permission.

The other three suspects -- Yong Dodkhruea, Nathee Riamsaen and Thanee Thummat -- will be indicted on several accounts relating to the alleged poaching in the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Thong Pha Phum district in Kanchanaburi in February.

All were arrested on Feb 4 by rangers in the sanctuary with the carcasses of a black leopard, a Jlij pheasant and a barking deer. Park authorities also found three long-barrelled guns and ammunition in their possession.

Somsri Wattanapaisal (right), director-general of the Office of the Public Prosecution Region 7, announces the decision to indict Premchai Karnasuta and three other suspects at the office in Ratchaburi province on Monday. (Photo by Saichol Ochakajon)



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