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Police not sure evidence is strong enough to press bribery charge against Premchai

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Anti-corruption police have admitted that the sound clip purportedly showing the Italian-Thai Development Plc boss Premchai Karnasuta trying to bribe Thung Yai Naresuan forest rangers might not be strong enough to press bribery charge against the alleged illegal hunter.

Pol Col Watcharin Pusit, deputy commander of Anti-Corruption Command, said Tuesday that said that the sound in the clip was not the sound of Premchai, but of Mr Yong Dodkrua, one of the illegal hunting party.

He said that the conversation in the audio clip which was recorded by Mr Piyapong Suebsen, one of the forest rangers who made the arrest of the hunting party, took place on February 5 after Premchai and the rest of his hunting party were arrested by forest rangers.

The sound clip was shown to the media and was eventually erased from the officer’s smartphone, said Pol Col Watcharin who, however, assured that the sound clip still exists.

He went on saying that, on March 8, he would invite Mr Wichien Chinnawong, head of Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary, and five other witnesses for further questioning before making a final judgement whether the bribery charge should stay or be dropped.

Even without the bribery charge, Premchai still faces several charges, including illegal hunting of protected species, illegal possession of carcass of protected wildlife and possession of illegal firearms which cannot be registered.

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