Premchai's wife charged with filing false information on tusks

national March 28, 2018 19:00

By Kornkamon Aksorndej
The Nation

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The Wildlife Conservation Office on Wednesday filed a complaint with police against the wife of embattled construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta for allegedly giving and documenting false information in relation to their registration of two pairs of tusks seized from their house.

Kanitha Karnasuta, whose husband is president of Italian-Thai Development company, and another woman, Wandee Sompoom, who countersigned as a witness in a registration document for the tusks, were called to come to meet police to acknowledge the charge on Wednesday.

The permit for the tusks provided to police by Kanitha allegedly identified that they were from domestic elephants. However, DNA tests showed that they were from African elephants. 

Pol Maj-General Panya Pinsuk, commander of the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division, said police believed that the wife was allegedly well aware that the tusks were not from domestic elephants when she registered the permit.

Kanitha was also charged with occupying the tusks without permit.

Her husband, Premchai is charged with several counts of alleged poaching in a wildlife sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province, as well as on charges of attempted bribery and possessing illegal guns.

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