BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand has sentenced a construction tycoon to six months in prison for illegal firearms possession in the latest case in a scandal that erupted when he was accused of poaching protected animals in a wildlife sanctuary.
The Bangkok Criminal Court yesterday halved the one-year sentence for Premchai Karnasuta because he pleaded guilty.
Premchai and several employees of his Italian-Thai Development company were found with guns and the carcasses of a black panther and other animals when they were caught hunting in western Thailand in February last year.
Premchai has already received a 16-month sentence for possessing the carcass of an endangered Kalij pheasant and firearms in public areas.
He also received a one-year sentence for attempting to bribe a park ranger. He remains free on bail.