Thailand’s Forest Department on Thursday accused founder of the Progressive Movement group, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, his mother Somporn, and his younger sister Chanapan of illegally occupying more than 2,000 rai of forest reserve land in Ratchaburi province.
The complaint was filed on behalf of forests director-general Adisorn Nuchdamrong with the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division. The department estimated the damage to the forest at 147 million baht, and planned to also file a civil lawsuit against the family.
Cheevaparp Cheevatham, director of the department’s Forest Protection and Fire Control Office, said the three accused had 60 land right documents laying claim the forest land. He alleged that the documents were illegally issued.