BANGKOK, 23 April 2012 – The Central Administrative Court has denied a resort owner’s request for a protection order, who faced with an eviction notice from forest authorities in Wang Nam Khieo district.
Deputy Chief of the Thap Lan National Park, Nuwat Leelaphata , has informed Im Poo Hill ‘s resort owner, Kanit Praengnakhon, that the request for an injunction against the demolition of the resort’s structures has been turned down by the Central Administrative Court which ruled that the court order would not be fair to the other 8 resort owners whose establishments had already been torn down. The protection order would also interfere with the other 200 cases now pending in court.
Mr Kanit, upon hearing the ruling, accepted the court’s verdict.
Mr Nuwat said that the Im Poo Hill resort had been accused of encroaching on protected forest land in the district in 1998, along with 48 other resorts. The Administrative Court at the time declared the case a mistrial as no motive can be established by prosecutors.
Im Poo Hill resort’s structures will be demolished as soon as the budget request for the demolition process is approved.
Forestry authorities have raided and finished compiling evidence against owners of 41resorts out of the 118 found to have been built in a forest reserve in Wang Nam Khieo district.
(NNT : Narumon Ngamsaithong)