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A sign on a property on Phuket in the zone under investigation

Phuket Parkland Probe Expands: Frenchman Sues Officials for 45m Baht, Former Governor Probed

Monday, March 17, 2014
PHUKET: As a probe on Phuket into land ownership expands, Frenchman Bernard Gaultier, whose 100 million baht villa and property was at the centre of a Phuket national park probe, is suing two officials for 45 million baht.

He says investigations into the ownership of properties bordering Phuket's Sirinath National Park lopped the value of his land, according to Samak Dannapee, the Director of Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

The two men being sued by M Gaultier are the former Director General of the department, Damrong ''The Demolisher'' Pidech, and the Director of Sirinath National Park, Cheewapad Cheewatam.

Although Mr Gaultier's title was found to be genuine, the validity of many other property titles has yet to be proven.

Khun Samak also revealed that a major legal challenge is about to be mounted to titles involving 320 rai of contentious property on the park's border. Other challenges are anticipated to follow.

Some of the land subject to investigation is occupied by luxurious five-star Phuket resorts. Investigators have been quick to point out that the present owners are not necessarily under suspicion. Some titles have changed hands many times.

Khun Samak also said that five former directors of Sirinath National Park are now being investigated, including at least one former governor of Phuket.

Fifty staff continue to be involved in the probe and satellite technology is being used to pinpoint the contentious properties. An additional large property at Phuket's Layan beach, bordering the park, is now also under investigation.

Authorisation for a pier at Mr Gaultier's Andaman coast property is also still being looked at, Khun Samak said.


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There has been more clearing within the last months above Layan Soi 7, along with a newly built worker's camp. I sent pics to the Natural Resources office in Phuket Town and did receive an acknowledgement.

Posted by The Night Mare on March 17, 2014 09:51


A lot of volunteers would be happy to pull down all illegal structures on Phuket public beaches, lands, National Forest and National Parks.... just ask for it...
Cleanups at Mai Khao, Nai Yang, Naithon, Bang Tao, Surin, Kamala, Karon, Kata, Kata Noi, Rawai, Naiharn, Panwa, Chalong, Koh Siray and sirinath National Park which will include the dismantling of all illegal buildings and businesses?
In that case a lot of Phuketians and expats will help to save Phuket from destruction by greedy predators....

First year, people clear the vegetation....
Second year, they put long chairs....
Third year, they add a temporary bar to serve customers....
Fourth year, they add a restaurant to serve customers....
Fifth year, they have private guard to prevent walk-in customers to enter the land....
During that period, they bribe civil servants to registered the land as Sor Kor Nung, Nor Sor Song, Nor Sor Saam and last Nor Sor Si which is the full ownership and the land will be ready for sale at 50 Million Baht per rai if it is front beach.

Phuketians would see the same arrests for powerful land-grabbers in Phuket... WE HOPE ONE DAY THOSE LAW-ENFORCERS WILL HAVE NO CHOICE ... BUT TO PERFORM DUTIES PROPERLY...

According to DSI mapping (Department of Special Investigation), this area is protected as National forest and is not available to any construction or land ownership..

Posted by Whistle-Blower on March 17, 2014 12:51


The Park Authority staff house also on upper Soi 7 is abandoned after being built only a few years ago. It is unlocked and with papers and such left inside indicating it was left in a hurry around April 2013.

Posted by The Night Mare on March 18, 2014 12:00


- WB

Will you be the first to take a sledgehammer and start pounding the property of a Phuket Phu Yai ?

Just where are these "lot of volunteers" you claim to exist ?

Posted by ThaiMike on March 24, 2014 09:35


Is this a civil suit against the mentioned persons or is it a case run by the state prosecutor to investigate wrongdoings by state employees ? Because I seriously doubt that mr Gaultier will be successful with a private suit as the mentioned persons did what they did on behalf of the state.

Posted by Sailor on April 26, 2014 12:09

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