Former Head of National Park Fired For His Role in Burning Karen Villager’s Homes

burning down of Karen villagers' homes Kaeng Krachan National Park

The former head of Kaeng Krachan National Park will be banned from the civil service for his role in the burning down of Karen villager’s homes a decade ago.

Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Jatuporn Buruspat, said Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn, the director of the Protected Areas Regional Office 9 in Ubon Ratchathani, had been stripped of his status as a civil servant.

The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission found Chaiwat guilty of leading other officials in burning the houses of Karen villagers during their eviction from the park in 2011.

While his career will officially be over, he can still lodge an appeal with the Merit Protection Board or the Administrative Court, Mr Buruspat said.

Chaiwat will still receive a pension since he has not been officially sacked, however.

He had been condemned by human rights activists after being implicated in the attack.