Civil Court rules Ban Farang in Phuket does not trespass on park land

The Phuket Civil Court on Thursday ordered the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation to pay 1.5 million baht in compensation to the Noon Company for wrongful act in connection with a 7-rai land plot of the company in Phuket province.

A former advisor of the department, Mr Sunthorn Vachirakul, and former chief of Sirinart national park in Phuket, Mr Chiwaparb Chiwatham, were also ordered by the same court to each pay 200,000 baht in compensation to the company.

Former department head Damrong Pidet was acquitted.

Noon Company and its two executives, Mr Bernard Gerye and Mr Pornsak Panmart, filed a civil lawsuit to the Civil Court in Phuket against the department, its former department chief Damrong Pidet, Mr Sunthorn and Mr Chiwaparb, demanding 45 million baht in compensation for trespassing on their land plot, called Ban Farang, to check whether the plot is located on the Sirinart national park or not.

The court however ruled that the company legally owns the land plot.

Mr Chiwaparb later said that he would appeal against the Civil Court's verdict.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)