Print Edition - 2018-05-03  |  World News Digest

Thai tycoon denies poaching protected wildlife

- AGENCIES, BANGKOK

May 3, 2018-

The president of Italian-Thai Development Pcl, Thailand’s largest construction company, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to trespassing in a wildlife sanctuary and poaching, a lawyer said. Premchai Karnasuta and three company employees were arrested in February for allegedly poaching protected animals in the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in the western province of Kanchanaburi. Several carcasses of protected animals including a black Indochinese leopard were found near their jungle campsite, national park rangers had said. Prosecutors charged Premchai in April with hunting protected wildlife without permission, illegal possession of protected wildlife carcasses, concealing wildlife carcasses, collecting wildlife items from a national park without permission, colluding to hunt wildlife without permission and carrying firearms without permits.

Published: 03-05-2018 08:37

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