Frenchman arrested in Rawai for illegal possession of whale skeletons

Rawai –

A French man has been arrested in Rawai for illegal possession of parts of whale skeletons.

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) officials told the Phuket Express that they received a tip-off from a person who asked not to be named that a foreigner in Rawai has allegedly illegal possession of whale skeletons.

Officials have continued their investigation in which they have finally arrested Mr. Thierry Alain, 52, French national, in Rawai yesterday (November 21st). Seized from him were parts of the lower jaw of a Baleen Whale.

He admitted to officials that the whale skeleton belongs to him. He was taken to the Chalong Police Station to face charges with offending the Wild Animals Protection Act.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.