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Update: Construction tycoon-turned-black-panther hunter released on parole


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

PREMCHAI KARNASUTA, former president of the country’s largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Plc., who has been put behind bars for convicted involvement in the slaying of a black panther in a wildlife sanctuary was today (Oct.17) released on parole.

The construction tycoon was released on parole from Thong Papum district prison in Kanchanaburi after he had been sentenced to a two-and-a-half-year jail since 2021 on charges of illicit involvement in 2018’s hunting and slaying of the black panther, known as a protected species, in Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary in the western province.

However, no EM bracelet will be placed on Premchai’s ankle during his parole due to reported diabetes inflicting his legs, a Corrections Department official said.

The two-and-a-half-year jail term for the former head of the giant contractor who was among a total of 113 inmates released on parole today has been curtailed to the extent that he be given complete freedom in the upcoming December.


Former boss of Italian-Thai Development Plc Premchai Karnasuta leaving Thong Papum district prison and travelling home in a recreational vehicle. Photos: Matichon

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