Former national deputy police chief Pol Gen Jumpol Manmai emerged from self-imposed seclusion for the first time as he was escorted by police to Nakhon Ratchasima provincial court to face forest encroachment charges.

Pol Gen Jumpol was accused of building a house on a 13-rai plot of land alleged to encroach on Thap Larn national park in Nakhon Ratchasima. On February, he was sacked as deputy secretary-general of the Bureau of the Royal Household for alleged gross disciplinary violation and conduct unbecoming of a senior court official in connection with the forest encroachment charges.

According to Pol Gen Srivara Rangsipromnakul, the national deputy police chief, Pol Gen Jumpol admitted to all the charges against him. He was initially detained for 12 days at Nakhon Ratchasima provincial prison, but he would be moved to Bangkok for detention.

Thap Larn national park chief Mr Prawatsart Chantharatep said park officials would put up an announcement on Chumpol's house notifying its owner to demolish the house. However, he added that Jumpol could appeal against the demolition notification.

Since 2004, 460 land encroachment cases related to Thap Larn national park have been sent to the court. 260 additional cases are still pending with the police or public prosecutors.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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