Parks Department to appeal in island case

Beautiful Poda Island lies just off the Krabi coast and is encircled by a white sand beach. (Photo via Krabi-Tourism.com)

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will petition the Appeal Court after the Krabi Provincial Court last month granted a man the right to possess land on Poda Island.

Thanya Nethithammakul, chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said the department has set up a committee to look into the case. The panel will gather information to present to the higher court. "Please do not worry. We will make an appeal to the court and we are ready to fight. We are gathering information to show our rights to the land," he said.

The Krabi court last month ruled in favour of Chuan Phukhaoluan, a wealthy businessman in Krabi province, after he submitted a land title deed document to the court in 2015. The court asked the department's officials to leave the property.

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