Premchai’s residence searched

A combined force of police and forestry officials today (Feb 7) conducted searches on the residence of Italian Thai Development chief executive Premchai Karnasuta and houses of three others for evidence in its effort to indict them in court for hunting in Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary.

The searches were made simultaneously after the Criminal Court has granted the police’s request for search warrants.

The search was conducted jointly by police from the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division and officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation.

The authorities arrived at Mr Premchai’s residence at Soi Soonvijai 3 in Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district at about 11 am and took about three hours to negotiate with the house caretakers to get inside.

At about 1.30 pm, Mr Premchai’s lawyer arrived at the scene and asked for a search warrant before allowing the authorities to enter the compound.

Yesterday (Feb 6), deputy police commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul stated that police investigators would expand their investigation to include other parties involved in the illegal hunting.

He said he had ordered investigators to conduct their investigation in accordance with the law without fearing any repercussions.