Two held in killing of wild elephant in Phetchaburi; ivory buyer sought (Thailand)

Police say pair confess to killing beast after being approached by Karen man

Phetchaburi police have asked the provincial court for permission to detain without bail two suspects accused of killing an elephant in Kaeng Krachan National Park while they search for the person who hired them and the intended buyer of the elephant’s ivory and other parts.

After a 9am press conference at police headquarters, suspected wild-elephant poachers Lukkaew Chan-upatham, 28, and Chan Kuanphu, 28, were taken for interrogation at Phetchaburi Police Office at 11am.

The elephant’s carcass was discovered January 3. The duo was arrested on Friday on suspicion of killing a protected animal without permission, having a wild animal’s carcass in their possession, possessing unregistered weapons and carrying the weapons in public without sound reason.

They were allegedly found with an AK47 rifle, a Carbine gun, a shotgun and ammunition.

Police are seeking a Karen man named Somporn Jorkai, 33, who was also believed to be present when the elephant was killed.

Read more in The Nation

Read also more about the raid in the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) published in Bangkok Post. The full text of this article is in my possession because the Bangkok Post sometimes deletes links to their articles and/or don’t allow them reading in full anymore after a certain time.

Again, an example when certain Thai has been disturbed / upset which can end in such actions or even the bullet in a drive-bye shooting…………………

It’s not the first time that Edwin Wiek was put into problems by certain Thai authorities being dedicated in saving animals in Thailand and, being a real Dutch, not hesitating to open-up sewer-systems when animals are involved!



About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is:
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