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Premchai and wife in court over tusk charges

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Premchai and wife in court over tusk charges

By The Nation

 

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Premchai Karnasuta, the president of construction firm Italian-Thai Development who faces charges centred on illegal poaching in a Kanchanaburi wildlife sanctuary, appeared in Criminal Court in Bangkok on Monday on separate charges of smuggling and illegally possessing two pairs of tusks from African elephants.
 

Premchai, his wife Khanitta and an associate, Wandee Somphum, have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

 

Police found the tusks while searching Premchai’s Bangkok home in February last year after he was arrested in Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in possession of a rifle and animal parts.

 

Khanitta’s registration documents for the tusks identified them as coming from domestic elephants, but investigators determined they came from African elephants, and the couple had no permit to import ivory.

 

Khanitta argued that the tusks were a family inheritance. 

 

Wandee was charged with giving false witness to Khanitta’s registration papers.

 

The trial continues.

 

Premchai arrived at the court using a walking stick, while his wife held a large envelope to her face to hide from photographers.

 

Billionaire Premchai’s arrest at a forest campsite with carcasses of protected animals including a black leopard triggered a public outcry. 

 

Both cases are being keenly watched in the expectation that his wealth and connections to influential figures will eventually help him evade punishment.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30362623

 

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This'll drag on for ages.....then apologies all round.

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11 hours ago, LPCustom69 said:

Does it make her look fat?

his facial photo resembles bloated fat pig heart attack victim in the making

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17 hours ago, webfact said:

while his wife held a large envelope to her face to hide from photographers.

rather see her face and he had his face covered

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17 hours ago, webfact said:

Khanitta argued that the tusks were a family inheritance

That story has a familiar ring to it. A similar excuse has been used before with some success.

No harm in trying it again given the precedent has been set by a very senior politician.

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14 hours ago, Nyezhov said:

If it's one thing I hate, it's a poacher. I spent my entire life hunting and fishing, paid my fees and followed the rules, e even when they were ridiculous or so complicated I can leave the gun at home and just take a camera. anybody that kills a wild animal outside of the rules established is a scumbag to the nth degree

Yes sir , as an enviornmentalist ,I too hate these predetors...

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If it's one thing I hate, it's a poacher. I spent my entire life hunting and fishing, paid my fees and followed the rules, e even when they were ridiculous or so complicated I can leave the gun at home and just take a camera. anybody that kills a wild animal outside of the rules established is a scumbag to the nth degree
All wildlife is precious! There is no excuse for killing any wild animal with or without a permit, just to satisfy a human bloodlust! Anyone who shoots a fellow creature on this earth needs help! Shame on you. All guns should be banned!

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1 minute ago, graemeaylward said:

All wildlife is precious! There is no excuse for killing any wild animal with or without a permit, just to satisfy a human bloodlust! Anyone who shoots a fellow creature on this earth needs help! Shame on you. All guns should be banned!

 

How'd you like that last hamburger?

 

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You gotta hand it to the authorities. If it were a poor person that got caught hunting they would never go rummaging through their house looking for illegalities like they did with this rich, powerful figure. They are really throwing the book at him and with two charges now in trial it shows Premchai can't buy his way out of anything.

 

 

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