Thai tycoon in poaching scandal convicted on firearms charge

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BANGKOK — A court in Thailand has sentenced a construction tycoon to six months in prison for illegal firearms possession in the latest case in a scandal that erupted when he was accused of poaching protected animals in a wildlife sanctuary.The Bangkok Criminal Court on Tuesday halved the one-year sentence for Premchai Karnasuta because he pleaded guilty.Premchai and several employees of his Italian-Thai Development company were found with guns and the carcasses of a black panther and other animals when they were caught hunting in western Thailand in February last year.Premchai has already received a 16-month sentence for possessing the carcass of an endangered Kajij pheasant and firearms in public areas. He also received a one-year sentence for attempting to bribe a park ranger. He remains free on bail.The Associated Press read more