By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PREMCHAI KARNASUTA, ex-president of Italian-Thai Development Plc., was today (Dec 8) sentenced to three years and two months in prison on charges of conspiring to slay a black panther and jointly possessing the game’s carcasses in a western forest reserve nearly four years ago.
The Office Of Attorney General had earlier announced the wrong prison sentence at a press conference, stating that Premchai was jailed for two years and six months, but this was corrected via messages to the media.
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The Supreme Court ruled Premchai, 67, guilty of breaking the law under the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act by killing the black panther and jointly possessing the carcasses of the legally protected wildlife species for which he had allegedly hunted as game with a rifle in Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary in Kanchanaburi in early 2018.
The former president of the giant construction contractor was sentenced to three years and two months in jail with immediate effect and without suspension.
Meanwhile, Yong Dodkhrua, hired by Premchai as a driver of an automobile used in his illicit game hunting, and Thani Thummat, hired by the business tycoon as an outlawed game hunter, were also found guilty of similar charges and sentenced to a two-years-plus term in prison each.
The convicts were ordered by court to pay an estimated two million baht in damage compensation pertaining to their illegal hunting in the wildlife sanctuary to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation.
Top: Premchai being questioned by reporters recently. Photo: Sanook.com
Home Page: Premchai at the police station after his arrest. Photo: Matichon