PHUKET: Jaruwan Wathanapumchoo and her brother Prasit yesterday publicly refuted all allegations that they were in any way involved in the trafficking of elephant meat to Phuket to serve as “exotic food” in selected restaurants.

The public joint-statement, made at a press conference at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday, follows allegations of elephant meat trading made against them by two national newspapers.

According to Ms Jaruwan, both the Daily News and Thai Rath Today published articles stating that their vehicle, black Phuket-registered Suzuki Vitara, was involved in the transportation of elephant meat from Kaeng Krachan in Phetchburi province to restaurants in Phuket.