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Phra Dhammajayo faces new charge

PHATHUM THANI: Police plan to indict Phra Dhammajayo for illegally installing razor wire around Wat Phra Dhammakaya to prevent DSI officers arresting him for alleged money laundering. They have also obtained arrest warrants for 19 people on charges of obstructing DSI officials trying to arrest him on June 16.

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Bangkok Post

Saturday 6 August 2016, 09:53AM

Concertina rolls of razor wire prevent access to Wat Phra Dhammakaya in late May, as the abbot’s row with the DSI intensifies. Photo: Pattanapong Hirunard
Concertina rolls of razor wire prevent access to Wat Phra Dhammakaya in late May, as the abbot’s row with the DSI intensifies. Photo: Pattanapong Hirunard

Col Khemaphat Phophithak, chief of Pathum Thani’s Khlong Luang Police Station, told the press yesterday (Aug 5) that the case against the abbot concerned the installation of concertina razor wire around the perimeter of Wat Phra Dhammakaya. He said this kind of wire was defined as being military hardware.

The long rolls of wire were put in late May and finally removed in mid-June. At the time DSI officers were trying to arrest the abbot for alleged money laundering and receiving stolen property in relation to multi-billion-baht embezzlement at Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative.

The 72-year-old abbot and people connected with the temple received more than a billion baht of the cooperative’s purloined money.

The military wire indictment also includes Phra Somnuek Piyathammo of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and the contractors who installed it, Pichai Laosirimongkhol and Wallop Kanhasen. The contractors have already reported to police.

Col Khemaphat also said police had obtained arrest warrants for nine people on charges of obstructing DSI officers attempting to arrest Phra Dhammajayo on June 16. One of them was identified as Ms Jeerapha Rairod.

The warrants were approved by Pathum Thani Court on Thursday (Aug 4). 

The 19 were among thousands of people sitting in the grounds “meditating”, thereby blocking access to the temple building and Phra Dhammajayo.

The Khlong Luang police chief said many people who rallied at the temple on June 16 covered their faces, concealing their identity, in violation of the law on legal demonstrations.

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Kurt | 06 August 2016 - 11:47:25

Unbelievable how this abbot monk is able to violate one thai law after another and is still not defrocked or arrested.

Razor wired ( military hardware) a temple, making it a fortress? 
And the thai government did allow to make it happened?
Are there different laws for monks in Thailand?

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