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Officials are helping Premchai: Seub Nakhasathien Foundation head

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Seub Nakhasathien Foundation chairman Sasin Chalermlarp said he suspected authorities concerned were helping Italian-Thai Development Plc boss Premchai Karnasuta, warning that the government would be held accountable if the poaching suspect is allowed to escape unpunished.

In his Facebook post, Mr Sasin pointed out that there are more than enough evidence against Mr Premchai be it the black panther’s skin which was preserved with salt; the black panther tail soup in a pot found in the jungle camp; the guns seized from the camp and the sound of gunshots; and the sound clip of negotiations between Mr Premchai and forest rangers after the arrest.

“If these are not enough, drag the feet by examining the feces on and on. In my opinion, I believe the authorities handling the case are definitely helping Mr Premchai,” Mr Sasin wrote on Sunday (Feb 25).

He added that Mr Premchai should be bailed out, judging from his behaviour which could pose threat to the natural resources.

“With these evidence, if (he) is left off the hook, this government cannot deny its responsibility,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation and its alliance will hold a public forum on Monday (March 5) to update the progress of the Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary hunting case.

The foundation and environmental groups also vowed to hold activities throughout March to encourage the public to monitor the police’s handling of the case.

Mr Premchai is facing at least nine counts of charge for illegal hunting in Thung Yai Naresuan world heritage site early this month. The charges range from illegal hunting of protected species, illegal possession of firearms in wildlife sanctuary, possession of illegal firearms which cannot be registered to cover-up of offences and attempted bribery.

After receiving bail on Feb 4, Kanchanaburi police allowed Mr Premchai to postpone reporting to acknowledge charges for three times already. The next summons is scheduled for March 5.

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