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Temple ‘broke law’ building six bridges

PATHUM THANI: Authorities confirmed yesterday (Dec 14) that Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Klong Luang district, as previously suspected, had broken the law in building a number of public bridges to control access to the temple.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 15 December 2016, 08:50AM

Dhammakaya sect founder Dhammajayo, if he ever is found and arrested, could face six additional charges of building illegal public bridges near his temple. Photo: Bangkok Post

Dhammakaya sect founder Dhammajayo, if he ever is found and arrested, could face six additional charges of building illegal public bridges near his temple. Photo: Bangkok Post

Thanaporn Phromphan, a senior official with the Treasury Department, said that out of eight public bridges constructed by the temple, only two won approval before they were constructed.

He was speaking after taking part in yesterday’s inspection of one of the bridges, a pedestrian bridge running over Liap Klong Sam Rd in Klong Luang district of Pathum Thani, which lies just in front of Gate 4 of the temple.

The bridge inspection was carried out by Pathum Thani police, the Treasury Department, the Pathum Thani Provincial Administrative Office (OrBorJor) and the Royal Irrigation Department.

Even the two bridges built with permission are being blocked by the temple from being used for public purposes as they were intended to be, said Mr Thanaporn, adding that legal action will be carried out to enforce the law regarding the construction and use of the bridges.

He said the temple will be ordered to unblock the bridges and officials will then decide whether to demolish those built without permission.

Since all the bridges technically belong to the Finance Ministry, the authorities will have to weigh up the pros and cons of having them dismantled, he said.

Prayong Preeyachitt, secretary-general of the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission, said on Tuesday (Dec 13) that the office was also probing whether the temple had broken the law in building the bridges.


Meanwhile, state officials involved in the plan to raid the temple and arrest its former abbot Phra Dhammajayo have been ordered to avoid discussing the operation with the media.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he had instructed all involved in the temple operation to avoid talking to reporters about the matter.

He said the abbot controversy should be dealt with like any other case to avoid triggering new conflicts that may prevent the country from moving forward.

Such conflicts could erupt as a result of “someone” refusing to abide by the law while continuing to abuse the faith and beliefs of certain people as a shield, said Gen Prayut, apparently referring to Phra Dhammajayo.

Everyone has to follow the rules and begin by setting a good example to others, he said, adding that in this way, the country can proceed with its reforms.

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Kurt | 20 December 2016 - 10:59:39

It is good to read that the Office of Public Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating whether the sect temple had broken the law in building the bridges.

Building 6 bridges illegal is not a overnight happening, right?
The relevant government departments must have known about it.
They did handle the paperwork for 2 legal bridges, they must have been at building spots to check accordingly.

Kurt | 16 December 2016 - 18:41:16

swerve: Read in B-P ( 15 Dec) ..Police breach What Phra Dhammakays - to check a well..
Clearly written in article that the police got a warrant for 4 days only (!!!!!), and they had only 1 day left for the search. 
The police just checked a well, but not searched for the former abbot dhammajayo. 
And at Friday midnight the search warrant for this person expires.
In some previous articles was w...

swerv | 16 December 2016 - 11:39:27

Kurt: How can an arrest warrant expire after 1 day?
Think man think.

An arrest warrant is valid for 10 years, i know because years ago i took someone to court for theft and i was given a copy of the warrant just in case i saw that person before the police arrested her.

Joe12 | 15 December 2016 - 20:24:14

Kurt...given your statement of your knowledge of corruption, you best make a formal complaint to authorities about your revelation.

Kurt | 15 December 2016 - 16:21:14

I was told that thai arrest warrants expire after 1 or more days.
Than the whole arrest warrant procedure has to be done again.
Is that true?

Kurt | 15 December 2016 - 12:34:20

Just a moment not talking about the suspect criminal demoted abbot Dhammajayo, where were the thai government officials who are responsible for road and bridge works?
How is it possible that 6 bridges were built illegal under the eyes of respective thai government officials?
Building plans, building the bridges, adjusting landscaping, no thai government official involved?

Of course the answer...

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