Six nabbed for animal cruelty

Police yesterday arrested six men on Koh Samui on charges of illegally possessing protected species of wildlife and cruelty to animals. The six, suspected to be members of a wildlife smuggling gang, were nabbed in front of the Green Mango pub on the resort island's Chaweng beach. Police found in their possession four gibbons, a python and an iguana. During the raid, some of the gang members managed to escape with an eagle and a crocodile, police said. The suspects were identified as Islama-ae Klang, 24, Yarla Porji, 22, Chatchawal Salee, 20, Anand Mangmee, 38, Kriangsak Kitkarn, 28 and Pundit Sepsabai, 27. Police, led by Pol Maj-Gen Boonmee Somsuk, commander of the wildlife protection unit, acted on a complaint filed by Edwin Wiek, director of the Wildlife Friends of Thailand Foundation. The rescued animals were put in the care of the foundation.