MP Pareena indicted over forest land encroachment

MP Pareena indicted over forest land encroachment

Pareena: To meet cops on Thursday
Pareena: To meet cops on Thursday

Police have decided to indict Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) MP for Ratchaburi, Pareena Kraikupt, for encroaching on a protected forest reserve and plan to forward the result of their investigation to prosecutors on Thursday.

The police report contains 2,408 pages and includes statements from three additional witnesses who Ms Pareena had asked the police to question.

Pol Maj Gen Pitak Uthaitham, chief of the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division, said his office will recommend four charges against the outspoken MP, whose poultry farm was found to be sitting on Sor Por Kor plots intended for landless farmers and a public forest.

He said the MP has agreed to meet with police and prosecutors on Thursday at 10am.

The encroachment case involves a poultry farm run by Pareena Kraikupt Co, which is located on a 728-rai plot of land in Ratchaburi's Chom Bung district. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and/or a 2-million-baht fine.

According to the police report, 682 rai of her farm was found to be on Sor Por Kor land, while 46 rai sits on public forest, as defined under the 1964 National Forest Act.

Pol Maj Gen Pitak said the MP's father, Thawee Kraikupt, will be summoned to acknowledge the same charges on Nov 23 over the alleged encroachment of more than 1,000 rai of public land in Ratchaburi's Suan Phung district.



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