Elephant camp owner faces lese majeste complaint

national June 16, 2017 20:26

By The Nation

A lese majeste lawsuit was filed against the owner of elephant camp following an allegation that the owner negatively referred to the monarchy in a dispute with the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP).

Phraya Sue taskforce chief Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn yesterday filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division following a conflict with the DNP over the rules on transporting five elephants out of the country.

Chaiwat said the elephant camp asked permission from the DNP to transport five elephants to perform in a show in Europe in 2006 for one year.

However, it was later found that the camp did not return the elephants back to Thailand in time. The officers also found that the elephants might have been used for reproduction outside the country, which is illegal, so the DNP seized the Bt6 million deposit from the camp.

Chaiwat said the department addressed the issue at a press conference in February 24. He said he decided to file a complaint against the owner after he appeared at the event and referred to the monarchy in a bad way.

Crime Suppression Division Chief Pol Maj Gen Sutin Sappuang said he ordered investigators to question Chaiwat about the issue first before officers will accept this case.

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