Law dealing with environmental crime in need of updating, Deputy Police Chief says

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BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 – The Deputy Police Commissioner-General has claimed the law dealing with environmental crime needs to be updated while affirming the Thai police’s readiness to cooperate with INTERPOL to take to task those behind the illegal trade of forest products.

Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police Pol Gen Chalermkiat Srivorakan made the comment after a meeting of officials concerned to work out a cooperative guideline in the suppression of ivory trade.

He admitted that there were loopholes in the suppression of multinational environmental crime, one of which is outdated law. He said forensic science would be introduced to trace the origin of the seized ivories to find all connections in the movement as well as influential persons behind the scene.

The Deputy Police Chief asserted however that Thailand had always been strictly implementing the law dealing with this kind of illegal activities, resulting in the arrests of many wrongdoers. He said Thailand had won a commendation from the CITES Secretariat on her solution to the problem, and he hoped that Thailand would receive a better result in the next evaluation.

On this matter, a delegate from the International Criminal Police Organization (or INTERPOL) Luke Bond has said that environmental crime is considered a criminal activity that causes massive damage and involves multinational capital groups. He said that INTERPOL would cooperate with agencies concerned in each country to help solve this issue in a tangible manner.