THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Jet-setting monk to arrive in Bangkok tomorrow night

BANGKOK: Disgraced former monk Nen Kham, wanted on arrest warrants for public fraud and sex with underage girls, will be escorted back from the US to Thailand, arriving tomorrow night (July 19), to face charges.

crimereligionpolicetransportsexland
By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 18 July 2017, 03:44PM


One of the early photos revealing then-monk Luang Pu Nem Kham, flaunting US currency while flying in a private jet. Photo: Facebook

One of the early photos revealing then-monk Luang Pu Nem Kham, flaunting US currency while flying in a private jet. Photo: Facebook

Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Paisit Wongmuang said today (July 18) that Wirapol Sukphol, 38, formerly Nen Kham, had not filed an appeal after a California court approved his extradition.

A team of prosecutors and DSI officials were dispatched to the US to bring Wirapol back to Thailand. They were expected to arrive around 11pm tomorrow, said Col Paisit.

Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport, Wirapol would be taken to the DSI for further questioning. He would be taken to court on Friday (July 21).

Although the suspect had the right to seek bail, the DSI would oppose it as he had a tendency to flee.

The National Office of Buddhism would be invited to jointly investigate the former monk, the DSI chief said.

Wirapol, whose monastic name was Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko, is wanted by the DSI on charges including money laundering, child abduction and raping a girl aged under 15.

QSI International School Phuket

He fled the country in 2013 and authorities applied for his extradition in 2016 following reports he was granted permanent residency in the US. He was arrested by US authorities in July last year.

Wirapol gained a reputation as the “jet-setting monk”, capturing people’s attention in 2013 following the release of video clips showing him travelling aboard a private jet as a monk. He carried a Louis Vuitton bag, wore brand-name sunglasses, flashed cash and was found to own more than 100 luxury cars and numerous large blocks of land.

As Nen Kham, he was abbot of Khantitham forest monastery in Kanthararom district of Si Sa Ket province. 

He was expelled from the monkhood in absentia after fleeing, for inappropriate conduct including having sex, boasting of supernatural powers and having a high-flying lifestyle. The DSI earlier seized B380 million worth of his assets.

Read original story here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Dozens of street racers, promoter arrested in Bangkok

Are there no racing circuit areas in Thailand for this hobby? Organise races, have a police unit the...(Read More)


Chalong Municipality calls in private company over polluted stream

I can promise you this smells very very bad, black tough water. This happend fore 5 days last week r...(Read More)


Chalong Municipality calls in private company over polluted stream

As Tuesday 19th is a holiday, guess all Officials, etc not start to make a move before Wednesday, 2...(Read More)


Power outage to hit main areas near Heroines Monument

When will you bury these scruffy and dangerous cables underground. Half of them are dead anyway and ...(Read More)


Holding the balance: Phuket Immigration clarifies new rules on retirement visas to start March 1

Anyone being 'grandfathered' would necessarily be at least 70 if Thai Imm goes back to 1998...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Fear and loathing in paradise

Actually you haven't helped the situation by your incorrect reporting regarding the grandfatheri...(Read More)


The Honey Badger battles in Bangkok

All those blablabla before a fight. I will win.i will win.And now ? He lost !People should celebrate...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Fear and loathing in paradise

"It was Thailand who invited them to come" An invitation? When? And if there was an invita...(Read More)


Board vetoes ban on hazardous chemicals

53 countries have banned these chemicals. They have been proven to cause cancer. Why would anyone de...(Read More)


Chalong Underpass makes breakthrough

I seem to recall an article from last September that boasted the surface traffic around the circle w...(Read More)