Animal cruelty charge filed against ITD boss Premchai

Officials of the Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary yesterday (Feb 12) filed additional charge of animal cruelty against Italian Thai Development chief executive Premchai Karnasuta at Thong Pha Phum police station.

The new charge added the number of charges on him to 10.

After the charge, Thong Pha Phum police said they will be summoning Premchai to hear the charges against him within 7 days.

They will also be revisiting the campsite and other locations within the park today to find additional evidence.

Meanwhile the deputy commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Pol Gen Sriwara Rangsibhramanakul confirmed that Mr Premchai was not the owner of the resort in Phu Rue in Loei province as earlier reported in social media.

He said Premchai was not the owner of the property but it is actually owned by CPK International on whose board Premchai is a member.

Checks are being made to determine the legitimacy of the property or whether it was encroaching on national park lands, he said

He refused to confirm rumors that Premchai was hiding out in Dawei in Myanmar because Immigration Police records do not indicate that he has left the country.

But he said if he fails to appear before the court on the specified date, his bail will be seized and official action will be taken to locate him and bring him to face charges.

In response to rumors that the tycoon had fled the country, Wittoon Prai-Yaem who is his lawyer told reporters that his client was still in-country and was conducting his duties as CEO of Italian-Thai Development Plc.