23 May 2024

The Supreme Court has granted bail to Italian-Thai Development boss Premchai Karnasuta and two fellow defendants, but ordered them to wear electronic monitoring ankle bracelets and banned them from leaving the country.

The court set the Premchai’s, Yong Dodkrua’s and Thanee Thummat’s bail at one million baht each.

The fourth defendant, Mrs. Nathee Riamsaen, received 22 months, suspended for two years.

The Appeals Court on Thursday found all four defendants guilty of the illegal poaching of protected wildlife, in Thung Yau Naresuan wildlife sanctuary early last year, and increased their prison terms after the Appeals Court ruled that Premchai abetted the other two defendants in the killing of a black leopard, a charge which had been dismissed by the lower court.

Premchai’s prison term was extended from 16 to 38 months, Yong got 41 months and Thanee, 45 months.

The three convicts were detained at Thong Pha Phum district prison on Thursday night as they awaited for a ruling from the Supreme Court on their bail applications.