DEPUTY Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Srivara Rangseepromnakul and his team of policemen are getting ready to search the houses of Italian-Thai Development Plc President Premchai Karnasuta and his companions who were arrested in the western side of Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi on the charges of hunting wild animal but later released on bail, INN News reported today (Feb. 7).
The top executive’s companions are Mr Yong Dodkrua from Ratchaburi, Mrs Nathee Reumsan Nakhon Ratchasima and Mr Thanee Thummat Kanchanaburi.
Natural Resources and Environment Crime Suppression Division police are getting ready to take a search warrant to check Premchai’s house in Soi Soonvijai 3 in the heart of Bangkok, and the team will also together search the other suspects’ houses.
This wildlife sanctuary’s officials arrested the 4 suspects on Sunday Feb 4 after they found many wildlife carcasses and weapons with them. However, the suspects deny the charges and applied for and were granted 150,000 baht bail each by Thongphaphum court.
Meanwhile the Thai-language daily Matichon reported that a Facebook user by the name of Ma’am Pho Dam shared photos and text of another user, Yong Dod Krua, allegedly showing him in the company of Premchai on Dec 7, 2016.
Within the commentary box one person asked Yong Dod Krua, “What were you doing there?” and he replied, “Holidaying and hunting in the jungle.”
Matichon said it is suspected that this Facebook page belonged to Yong Dodkrua, who was arrested together with Premchai, but it has now been shut down.
Yesterday reporters had asked Premchai whether he came to this sanctuary often, and he replied that this was only the second time in his life doing so, with the first time being 30 to 40 years ago when Vajiralongkorn Dam, formerly named the Khao Laem Dam, was being built, and he only came to rest here because he is getting old.
He also told them that he was not linked to the hunting.
Top: Police gather outside Premchai’s house in Soi Soonvijai 3. Photo: INN News
In-text: Photos and text which Ma’am Pho Dam said were posted on the now shut Facebook page suspected to have belonged to Yong Dodkrua. Photo: Matichon