Arrested Karen hunter is not KNU soldier

Arrested Karen hunter is not KNU soldier

Karen hunter Satu, 26, is brought to the office of the Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province after he was arrested with the bearcat and macaque carcasses and the weapons in the national park on Wednesday. (Photo from the Sai Yok National Park office)
Karen hunter Satu, 26, is brought to the office of the Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province after he was arrested with the bearcat and macaque carcasses and the weapons in the national park on Wednesday. (Photo from the Sai Yok National Park office)

KANCHANABURI: A Karen hunter who was arrested in the Sai Yok National Park on Wednesday was not a soldier of the Karen National Union as he earlier claimed, according to authorities.

Satu, 26, was arrested in a forest of the national park in tambon Wang Krachae of Sai Yok district about 3km from the Thai-Myanmar border, with smoked carcasses of a bearcat and a macaque, as well as rifles and ammunition. At first, he claimed to be a KNU soldier hunting for food on the Thai soil together with two other soldiers.

Later, Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn, a senior official of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, wrote on the department's website that a KNU leader arrived at the Sai Yok police station on Thursday to see the suspect. That was when Satu confessed he was not one of them.

The suspect was a hunter who caught wild animals for sale. He claimed to be a KNU soldier in the hopes Thai park rangers would free him given their close ties with KNU, Mr Chaiwat wrote.

Pol Col Wanchai Onla-or, chief of the Sai Yok station, said on Friday that Satu and two other hunters were villagers from Dawei and hunted for a living.


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