Chumlong Lemtongthai



Chumlong Lemthongthai and the Thai stripper syndicate Trial


The trial of the three men, Chumlong Lemtongthai, Punpitak Chunchom and Marnus Steyl, charged with contravening the Environmental and Biodiversity Act relating to allegations that they used Thai prostitutes to apply for hunting permits . Twenty six rhinos were hunted. The trial will start on the 4th of June 2012. Chumlong Lemtongthai who lost his high Court Bail appeal and remains in custody. Lemtongthai is accused of running a syndicate that used Thai prostitutes and strippers as bogus rhino hunters. He is currently facing charges on 52 counts of contravening environmental and biodiversity laws. 

Punpitak Chunchom previously found guilty of smuggling animal parts, namely lion bones, out of South Africa without a valid permit and fined R10,000 which he paid and immediately left the country . Chunchom was again arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on the 4th November 2011 while apparently trying to sneak back into the country. His bail application was denied and he remains in custody. He is believed to be an associate of Chumlong Lemtongthai and they are believed to be key figures central to an international poaching syndicate. Lemtongthai and Chunchom are believed to be  directors of the Xaysavang Trading Export-Import Company, which is based in Laos, a tiny country of 6.8 million, which is bordered by China, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia.

The company has gained notoriety in wildlife circles for their involvement in trading animals and animal products.

Marnus Steyl, game-farm owner accused of working with the syndicate that allegedly exported rhino horns from South Africa using Thai prostitutes. Marnus Steyl was charged along with suspected rhino poaching kingpin Chumlong Lemtongthai and his accomplice Punpitak Chunchom. He was released on a R100, 000-00 bail.

Advocates for Animals remain committed to being a pressure group throughout this trial, to ensure our “No Bail – Max Jail” along with “Zero Tolerance” policies! During the trial the states attorney pointed out to the magistrate that the court was full and the public are exercising zero tolerance, he also held our banner up in the court to demonstrate the public outcry and anger!

Please click on this link for a short video of AAA’s protest at this trial and the magistrate’s verdict.

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