Thai construction tycoon gets jail term for poaching of protected animals


BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's supreme court on Wednesday sentenced construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta to two and a half years in prison without probation on charges related to the poaching of protected animals, a prosecutor told Reuters.

Premchai, president of Thai construction company Italian Thai Development Pcl, was found guilty of possessing a firearm without a permit, enabling poaching and possessing the carcass of a protected animal, said prosecutor Phanomrit Homnitsakul.

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Ed Davies)

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