Gen Prawit: Srivara sticking to black panther case

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuam this morning (March 8) said Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Srivara Rangseepromnakul is not going to be moved from helming the investigation of Italian-Thai Development Plc President Premchai  Karnasuta and 3 accomplices who were caught hunting protected wildlife at a  Kanchanaburi wildlife sanctuary early last month, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported.

Gen Prawit pointed out that Pol Gen Srivara had worked well in the past and is a straightforward man, but does talk the way he does, and this case will be ending soon.

Regarding public outrage over the black panther the suspects are charged with killing, with this demonstrated in the form of graffiti and within social media showing the black panther crying, Gen Prawit said this is something for the police to handle by gathering evidence in keeping with the law.

He added that social currents are one factor but police have to conduct the case in the form it is taking, also confirming that no one is helping Premchai because police have to follow the law.

Upon being asked whether people have the right to voice their opinion in this way, Gen. Prawit simply said how could that be stopped.

Regarding a report on CSI LA page alleging corruption and payoffs to Border Patrol Police, Gen Prawit pointed out that this is an old case and National Police Chief Pol.Gen. Chakthip Chaijinda had already set up an investigation committee to find out the truth and the public should wait for the result.


Top: A graffiti showing a black panther with a bullet wound on its head was found painted on top of a Italian-Thai Development Plc logo at the green line construction site in front of Phaholyothin soi 34 today. Photo: Matichon