Premchai faces illegal possession of firearms charge 

Police will today (Feb 23) file additional charges of illegal possession of firearms against Italian Thai Development Plc president Premchai Karnasuta after the Department of Provincial Administration (DPA) confirmed that six of 43 firearms seized from Mr Premchai’s house were illegal.

Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, who chaired the meeting of police investigators in charge of the Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary hunting case, instructed Kanchanaburi police to press the charge of illegal possession of firearms against Mr Premchai within today.

The six illegal firearms are a semi-automatic cabine; a homemade air gun; a double-barrel rifle (Gardone VT); a double-barrel rifle (Bernardelli); a Remington rifle; and a musket.

According to the DPA’s firearm licensing office, the six guns were either unregistered; having unlawful licences; or are not allowed to be in possession.

Pol Gen Srivara pointed out that one of the guns had a licence despite the fact that such type of gun is not allowed to be in possession.

Police seized the 43 firearms from Mr Premchai’s house on Feb 5, a day after he and three of his companions were arrested for alleged wildlife hunting in Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province.

Pol Gen Srivara also ordered the Kanchanaburi police to hand over the four suspects’ mobile phones and information retrieved from the phones to the Central Police Forensic Science Division for further investigation.