Thai Millionaire Gets Additional Year in Prison for Poaching

By The Associated Press

BANGKOK—A Thai construction tycoon has been sentenced to an additional one year in prison for bribing a park ranger in relation to a high-profile case of poaching endangered animals in a wildlife sanctuary last year.

A Bangkok court said in a statement that it sentenced Premchai Karnasuta, the president of Italian-Thai Development PLC, on Tuesday for attempting to bribe the sanctuary’s chief ranger, who had arrested him, to let him go free.

Premchai Karnasuta leaves the court after hearing
Premchai Karnasuta leaves the court after hearing the verdict against himself and three other suspects in a poaching case at Thong Pha Phum Provincial Court in Kanchanaburi province on March 19, 2019. (Lilian Suwanrumohha/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2016, Premchai Karnasuta and his sister Nijaporn Charanachitta’s net worth at $630 million.

In February last year, Premchai and his company’s employees were found with guns and the carcasses of a black panther and other animals in the sanctuary where they had set up a camp to hunt animals.

Premchai was convicted on some of the charges in March and sentenced to 16 months in prison.