Witness interviews resume in Premchai alleged poaching case
By The Nation
The second round of witness interviews and evidence examination in the “black leopard” alleged poaching case against construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta started on Thursday.
Six out of 32 witnesses for the plaintiff, including Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary chief Wichien Chinnawong, have already testified at Thong Pha Phum Provincial Court in Kanchanaburi during the first round of interviews last month.
Seub Nakhasathien Foundation said that the remaining witnesses for the plaintiff will be interviewed before the court hears the testimony of 17 witnesses from the defendant side.
The next witness interrogation sessions on the plaintiff side will be from next Tuesday to Thursday and then on December 18.
The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and the official investigation team has charged Italian-Thai Development president Premchai and his three associates, Yong Dodkrua, Thanee Thummat and Nathee Riamsaen, with illegally hunting black leopard and other wild animals inside Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary on this February.
Six allegations, including illegally carrying firearms in public, hunting the protected wildlife, and poaching inside the wildlife reserve, were laid against Premchai, while Thanee, Yong, and Nathee are facing eight, seven, and five allegations respectively.
The 17 defendant witnesses are scheduled to testify during six sessions from December 19-21 and December 25-27.
Following his request, Premchai will not attend the court until the witness interviews for the plaintiff.
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