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(OFFICIAL) Thai construction tycoon gets jail term for poaching of protected animals

(Corrects paragraph 1 to reflect prosecutor confirming court’s decision was to uphold appeal court’s 2019 verdict, not reduce sentence to 2.5 years)

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s supreme court on Wednesday upheld an appeal’s court 2019 decision to sentence construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta to three years and two months 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.

(This story officially corrects paragraph 1 to reflect prosecutor confirming court’s decision was to uphold appeal court’s 2019 verdict, not reduce sentence to 2.5 years)

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

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