Animal rights activists have vowed to follow up on the case of construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta, who was allegedly caught hunting exotic wildlife in a protected forest area in Kanchanaburi, to ensure his wealth does not give him a get-out-of-jail-free card in a country where powerful elites often escape justice. The president of Italian-Thai Development Public Co Ltd was apprehended by rangers while in possession of the pelt of a black leopard native to Indochina — some media have erroneously called it a panther — and other “trophy” kills at Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary.He was found at a makeshift campsite with hunting weapons and friends.Earlier this week Mr Premchai’s lawyer told the media that his client had “not fled” Thailand, presumably in response to fears Mr Premchai had followed in the footsteps of two fugitive former premiers, brother and sister Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra.At a seminar Tuesday, the Network of Environment Conservation Student Clubs of Thailand demanded the wealthy tycoon face justice.The network said it plans to submit petitions to all of the law enforcement agencies in charge of Mr Premchai’s case urging them to conduct a serious and transparent investigation within 30 days.It also vowed to use social media… Read full this story
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