Police to summon Premchai for additional questioning 

Kanchanaburi provincial police will summon Italian Thai Development chief executive Premchai Karnasuta for more questioning while latest examination of the dead black panther found near his jungle camp found eight bullet holes. 

Deputy commander of the provincial police Pol Col Poonsak Prasertmet said on Friday (Feb 9) that Mr Premchai would be summoned for additional questioning after police investigators finish questioning of all witnesses and collecting all forensic evidences.

He said the police have yet to question all wildlife sanctuary officials in the team which arrested Mr Premchai.

The questioning would take a couple of days, he said and added that after this they would summon Mr Premchai.

Commenting on unconfirmed reports that Mr Premchai has fled the country, he said police have no report that the business tycoon leaving the country through border checkpoints.

But on natural channels along the border, they have border police, soldiers, and local district officials keeping watch, he said.

Pol Col Poonsak said Mr Premchai has been granted temporary release on bail and he was required to appear in court on Feb 18 to report to police for second detention.

The police might also file more charges against Mr Premchai for having African elephant tusks in possession after he had no registration documents for the tusks.

Earlier he produced certification documents for the Thai elephant tusks, but authorities were suspecious of the huge sizes which could not be from Asian elephants.

Meanwhile forensic police and veterinarians in Kanchanaburi province re-examined the carcasses of the slaughtered black panther for more concrete evidence to press charges on the hunting team.

Police found eight bullet holes on the panther, from earlier finding of five holes.

There were no bullets embedded in the carcass and all were fired from the front.