Former forestry official reports to police for questioning over Premchai’s poaching scandal

Former forestry official who facilitated Italian Thai Development chief executive and president Premchai Karnasuta to Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary reported to the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Division (NRECD) police yesterday for questioning.

Noppadol Pruek-Sawan, a former forestry official and now an environmental advisor to Italian Thai company, was earlier summoned to report the police on February 15, but he quietly went to see the police to avoid media attention yesterday.

NRECD commander Pol Maj Gen Panya Pinsook said police questioned him six hours and he admitted to facilitate Mr Premchai to the wildlife sanctuary for research of jungle routes via contact with Ms Kanchana Nittaya’s, director of Wildlife Conservation Office.

But the police commander said the police questioned him as a witness and so far he was not found to commit any wrongdoing.

Therefore no charge was filed against him yet, he said.

Asked on an audio clip indicating that Mr Premchai has asked Mr Noppadol to bring jungle survival kits to park officials in exchange of dropping the poaching case, Pol Maj Gen Panya said Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Sriwara Rangsibhramanakul has already raised the matter with the Corruption Suppression Division police.

He said Mr Noppadol claimed he would offer torches to park officials in his capacity as a retired forestry official.