DSI claims land documents illegally issued for Phuket resort “Sri Panwa”

The Phuket luxury resort accused of encroaching land will now be investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Land Department and the Anti-Money Laundering Bureau. Thailand’s Special Investigations Department looked into the “Sri Panwa” project in Phuket and said the resort had illegally acquired land rights documents.

According to Nation Thailand, DSI discovered that Sri Panwa’s land may have been acquired through the illegal issuance of land rights documents. This information will be sent to the NACC and the Department of Land for review. The land that the project uses for a swimming pool and a trail leading to Panwa Beach has no land documents and is in a forest protected under Thailand’s classified forest law. The ISD statement indicates that the use of the protected land is considered a money laundering offense and that the information has been forwarded to the Anti-Money Laundering Bureau for review.

Last year, the Phuket Land Office reviewed the title deeds and issued a statement that the hotel does not occupy state land. The 5-star resort had previously gained social media attention when the owner publicly slammed a pro-democracy activist on Instagram, saying the activist should be in jail for statements against the Thai monarchy. Those supporting the protest movement called for a boycott of his property and left several negative comments on various rating sites. Trip Advisor even temporarily suspended the hotel’s account due to the online attack.

THE SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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