Premchai may face charges over guns found at house

national February 20, 2018 18:46

By Suriya Patathayo
The Nation

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Police forensic results have initially found that two guns seized this month from the house of Italian-Thai Development president Premchai Karnasuta were illegal.

Police officers were now trying to discover who owned another eight undocumented guns and whether their possession was legal, a source at the Royal Thai Police revealed on Tuesday.

Deputy police chief Pol General Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul on Tuesday had Pol Maj-General Thawatchai Mekprasertsuk, chief of the Office of Police Forensic Science, and Pol Colonel Suwat Inthasit, deputy commander of the Natural Resources and Environment Crime Suppression Division, joined the inspection of the rifles and ammunition seized from Premchai’s house along with Interior Ministry officials. 

One of the guns, a homemade air gun, could land Premchai on charges of violating the Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Fireworks Act and a ministerial regulation issued in 1979, as well as illegal gun possession. The second gun, a 9mm automatic, had possibly been modified, which could attract a charge of possessing a gun that the registrar couldn’t register, the source said.

The gun inquiries are part of a wider investigation into Premchai’s alleged poaching in Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi early this month.