Committee set up to probe permission process for Premchai’s entry to Thung Yai Naresuan

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation (DNP) has appointed a fact-finding committee to find out if the entry to Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary by Italian -Thai Development chief executive Premchai Karnasuta and three other accomplices was legitimately sought, or whether gross negligence of duties was also involved.

The order appointing the committee, headed by DNP deputy director-general Pinsak Suraswadi, was signed by the department’s director-general Thanya Netithammakun on Feb 13.

He mandated the committee to finish the work within 30 days.

Mr Thanya said the committee was tasked to look into four issues: whether the permission was legitimately sought in accordance with the DNP regulations; whether any special order was given and led to misunderstanding; whether any person had abused power to allow the group into the wildlife sanctuary; and whether any official had neglected duty or whether kickback was offered to facilitate the entry.

Meanwhile, Pol Maj Gen Panya Pinsuk, commander of the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division, revealed yesterday (Feb 13) that he had questioned former director of Protected Area’s Regional Office 6 Noppadol Phrueksawan who has been named as a person who sought permission for Mr Premchai’s group to camp at the western Thung Yai Naresuan forest.

Mr Noppadol, currently works for the ITD as a special advisor, admitted that he had called Ms Kanchana Nittaya, director of the DNP’s wildlife conservation office, asking her to facilitate Mr Premchai and three companions to enter the Western Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary between Feb 3-5.