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Thai Supreme Court prisons tycoon over wildlife hunting

Thai Supreme Court jails tycoon over wildlife poaching

Key Takeaway:

  • A tycoon charged for illegally hunting wildlife in a national park lost his appeal on Wednesday in a long-running saga that pulled out public outrage over the elite’s discern impunity.
  • He and two other defendants were asked to pay 2 million baht in compensation.

A tycoon charged for illegally hunting wildlife in a national park lost his appeal on Wednesday in a long-running saga that pulled out public outrage over the elite’s discern impunity.

Construction magnate Karnasuta was arrested in February 2018 when park officials found guns, animal carcasses. It includes a kalij pheasant, a red muntjac, and a black leopard’s pelt at the campsite.

Premchai was not found guilty of possessing a leopard, but he was convicted of three other poaching-related cases and sentenced to 16 months in jail. It was raised to 3 years and two months by the Appeals Court. 

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court confirmed the guilty verdict and sentence of three years and two months, a court official confirmed.

A tycoon charged for illegally hunting wildlife in a national park. Image: straitstimes

He and two other defendants were asked to pay 2 million baht in compensation.

Premchai, who came in a Range Rover sporting an eye patch, will not receive a suspended sentence, according to the attorney general’s office. 

A court official confirmed that he had been sent to Thong Pha Phum district prison.

The decision brought a long-running case that sparked public anger in a kingdom fed up with perceived impunity for influential figures.

Premchai’s firm, Italian-Thai Development Company, has significant infrastructure projects like Suvarnabhumi airport and Bangkok’s sky train. 

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 Premchai and his sister were on the Forbes Top 50 richest list for Thailand till 2016, with an estimated $630 million fortune at that period, but they have fallen off the ranking.

Members of the kingdom’s wealthy elite have a habit of ignoring justice.

Last year, there was a public shriek when Thai authorities dropped charges against Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya after crashing his Ferrari in 2012, killing a police officer.

Thailand’s Attorney General’s Office has since announced new charges, and an Interpol Red Notice has been issued to arrest Vorayuth.

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