Phuket luxury resorts face legal action for illegal land grabbing

PHUKET: Phuket Triasara and Sripanwa luxury resorts face legal action over illegally acquired land following the announcement by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the Special Investigations Department (DSI) of the conclusion of their investigations earlier this week.

Niwatchai Kasemmongkol, deputy secretary general of the office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), explained that Three Dolphins Co Ltd had used the well-known “Flying SorKor 1” process to submit a SorKor 1 land use document for a other plot of land. land to claim over 40 rai adjacent to the land the company legitimately owns on the west coast of Phuket.

In a live press conference broadcast online, Mr. Niwatchai and other NACC officers and expert land investigators specifically named Weerawat Janpen, who was at the time vice-governor of Phuket, as being involved in approval of land transfer. Weerawat was vice governor of Phket in 2011.

The illegally acquired land lies within the boundaries of Sirinath National Park and the adjacent Khao Ruak – Khao Muang National Forest Reserve, Niwatchai said.

“The NACC has submitted an application to the competent court to revoke the property rights,” he added.

Janpen was just one of 29 officials involved in the illegal issuance of land documents, Niwatchai said.

The NACC is laying charges against 11 officials involved in the land grabbing and is preparing to file a complaint, he added.

Added to the illegality of land grabbing is the fact that some of the plots acquired and built have a slope of more than 35%, making any construction illegal, he added.

The SorKor 1 presented by Three Dolphins has been used twice to claim different plots of land – and more, the NACC panel explained.

In the first case, the SorKor 1 land use document, originally issued for 20 rai land, was first converted to a NorSor 3 marked as covering 38 rai.

The NorSor 3 land document was then converted into two separate NorSor 3 Gor land documents for adjacent parcels totaling 51 rai.

In the second case the same SorKor 1 was used, it was presented to claim 14 rai with freehold Chanote titles issued to the company, and it was presented to have a NorSor 3 Gor land use document. issued covering more than 47 rai.

At this point, it is not exactly clear what land, if any, the Trisara complex is located on is legal.


A separate DSI investigation into the land occupied by the upscale Sripanwa resort on the east coast of Phuket has revealed land believed to have been illegally acquired through the illegal issuance of a NorSor 3 Gor land document.

The land covers 3 rai 3 ngan 35 square wah, which the Sri Panwa complex uses as a site for a swimming pool and covers land adjacent to Panwa Beach, Mr. Veera said in an online article citing the DSI report of his investigation. , which he said had now received.

“The land claimed is in a forest area under Article 4 of Forest Law BE 2484”

“The Department of Special Investigations has sent the information of the investigation to the Royal Forestry Department for it to proceed in accordance with its powers and duties,” Veera noted.

The case has also been referred to the NACC, the Department of Lands and the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) for further investigation, Mr Veera also said.

The NACC will continue its own action against those responsible involved, he added.

A request was sent to the Land Department to revoke the document used to claim the land, he said.

It should be noted that the ISD has not yet published the result of its investigation through its own channels. However, Mr. Veera released a copy of the report to his post.


Meanwhile, Kata Beach Co Ltd, the owner of The Peak Residences, which was ruled completely illegal by the Supreme Court, applied for permission from the Municipality of Karon to demolish the buildings.

“Last week the company applied for permission to operate the building,” Isra News, Karon Mayor Jadet Wicharasorn reported.

“The municipality has authorized the company or a subsidiary to demolish all of the buildings. The company will have to destroy and remove all waste from the forest area until the land is left to be able to plant trees to compensate for the original trees. The part is the duty of the forest managers ”, declared the mayor Jadet.

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