A police captain at Thong Pha Phum police station in Kanchanaburi province has been given a probation for receiving animal cruelty complaint against Italian-Thai Development Plc boss Premchai Karnasuta.
Narongchai Sangworawongsa, chief of Kanchanaburi animal quarantine station, filed the complaint against Mr Premchai with Pol Capt Sumit Bunyanij, an investigation inspector at Thong Pha Phum police station on Feb 7–two days after the ITD boss was arrested in Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary with wild animal carcasses.
However, Mr Narongchai returned to the police station on Feb 21 to withdraw the animal cruelty complaint against Mr Premchai after he found out that wild animals are not defined as “animals” in the context of the Cruelty Against Animals Act.
Although the complaint was officially withdrawn, the Thong Pha Phum superintendent viewed that Pol Capt Sumit was at fault because he should have checked the law and not receiving the complaint in the first place, according to the source.
The officer could contest the probation order at the Administrative Court within 30 days, the source said.
Pol Capt Sumi could not be reached for comment.