Police chief jailed for building vacation home in national park

Jumpol pleaded guilty to all charges and gave up his right to defend himself in court.
Former national deputy police chief Gen Jumpol Munmai was on Friday sentenced to three years’ imprisonment by the Nakhon Ratchasima provincial court after he was found guilty of forest encroachment for building a vacation home in Tap Larn national park.

Jumpol was earlier sacked as deputy secretary-general of the Bureau of the Royal Household by a Royal Command and eventually stripped of his police general’s rank.

Jumpol and another police officer, Pol Maj-Gen Pongdet Prommichit, deputy commissioner of Region Five Provincial Police Bureau, were charged with forest encroachment regarding the 14-rai plot of land in Tap Larn which he sold to Jumpol.

Pongdet denied all the charges against him while Jumpol pleaded guilty to all charges and gave up his right to defend himself in court. So, the court decided to try the two defendants separately with Pongdet to be indicted in the next seven days and Jumpol judged on Friday.

The court first handed down four years on Jumpol for malfeasance in office and another two years for forest encroachment. But due to his confession to the charges, the court halved the imprisonment to three years. Jumpol was also ordered to pay 892,000 baht in compensation to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation.

-ThaiPBS

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