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Italian-Thai Development president on bail for illegal hunting

Tycoon found with skinned carcasses of black panther and other protected animals

Italian-Thai Development President Premchai Karnasuta at the company's annual shareholders meeting in April 2017 (Photo by Yukako Ono)

BANGKOK -- Premchai Karnasuta, president of Thai construction company Italian-Thai Development, has been granted bail after his arrest late Sunday for allegedly hunting protected wild animals in a World Heritage wildlife sanctuary in the western province of Kanchanaburi.

Premchai was granted bail of 150,000 baht ($4,800) Tuesday afternoon after being held for two days. The company has not commented on the situation.

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