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Police colonel found guilty of poaching, 10 month in jail

01 Feb 2017 14:15 - 01 Feb 2017 19:49 #4219 by rushenb
A tweet from Edwin; "Thai police colonel and 8 accomplices found guilty of poaching in Kaengkrachan National Park. 10 months jail."

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01 Feb 2017 14:23 #4220 by rushenb

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01 Feb 2017 17:24 #4221 by onflipflops
Those fines! Impressive!
But at least there are prison sentences as well. Although not very high.

How hard is it to change the laws and raise the fines to a reasonable amount that fits today's standard?
250 baht, even less than the entrance fee as a foreigner to the same park...

Unbelievable really how the Pol Lt Col was initially acquitted by the Phetchaburi Court. Amazing how the court system had zero shame to hand down jail terms for 7 of the group members, but letting the Pol Lt Col and one other person go free...
I guess that is the nice thing in Thailand, they are shameless and do not even try to hide the obvious corruption.

Kudos to the Region 7 Appeals Court and the Supreme Court to adjust this.
Still, 10 months jail is not an awful lot for wildlife poaching. It also surprises me a bit that there is quite a bit of difference between the sentences for the various group members. Being a person with an example function, the sentence should be the highest. Surely having that type of function meant the whole group would 'wai' him, so no doubt he was the main force behind the group. That's simply Thai culture.

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