KANCHANABURI — Police on Tuesday forwarded to prosecutors the case against 14 suspects – including a government official – over poaching a bearcat in a national park.
With the 1,365-page case file delivered, Kanchanaburi police chief said the party were charged with 17 counts related to firearms possession and poaching a protected animal. Among them is Watcharachai Sameerak, permanent secretary of a provincial district, who got 14 charges.
The group was arrested in October at the Sai Yok National Park after rangers found them with hunting gear and severed bearcat paws. An animal jaw and skin, as well as bullet shells and a machete were later uncovered near Tao Dam monastery, where the group claimed to be bound to make merit.
Sompoch Limtrakul, director-general of the regional prosecutor’s office, said he expects the prosecution team to finish reviewing the case by next week.
Another high-profile poaching case against construction mogul Premchai Karnasuta is ongoing. The trial began last month after he was also arrested in a Kanchanaburi national park over accusations of poaching and eating a black panther earlier this year.
THAI NAMED MISS WORLD RUNNER-UP FOR FIRST TIME IN HISTORY
BANGKOK — For the first time in almost 70 years, a Thai was voted runner-up at the Miss World 2018 beauty pageant Saturday night in China.
Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, 19, came runner-up in the annual pageant’s 68th edition hosted in Sanya, China. She became the contest’s first runner-up from Thailand.
A total of 118 contestants from around the world competed at the pageant. Vanessa Ponce of Mexico was crowned Miss World 2018. She is the first Mexican to win the contest.
COLDER WEATHER COMING TO BANGKOK, NORTH THROUGH THIS WEEK
BANGKOK — Cooler temperatures are coming to the capital and northern Thailand through this week, the national weather agency said Monday.
Expect cooler mornings as Bangkok’s average low will drop by up to 2C to about 21C from Wednesday to Sunday. The north and northeast will face gusty winds, while temperatures could fall by 4C to as low as 15C along the week.
As tourists start flocking to mountainous areas to feel the greater cold, the forecast said northern mountains will be even chillier from Thursday with the average low about 6C to 13C.
The south, however, will experience torrential rain throughout the week, which could trigger flash floods.