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Criminal Court approves search warrant against Dhammakaya Temple

Jun 15. 2016
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By The Nation

The Criminal Court has approved a warrant for searching the Dhammakaya Temple and the chief of the Department of Special Investigation has told his subordinates to get ready for raiding the temple.

DSI chief Pol Col Phaisit Wongmueng instructed his officials to be ready for raiding the temple on Thursday after the court approved the search warrant Wednesday evening.

A senior public prosecutor and DSI officials went to the court to seek the approval at 3 pm and they left the court at 8:10 pm without giving interview to reporters.

But later on in the evening, Phaisit gave the order for his officials to get ready to enter the temple on the following day.

The DSI wants to capture Phra Dhammachayo, the abbot of the temple, and hand over him to public prosecutors to be arraigned in court on charges of collaborating with others to embezzle money of Klong Chan Credit Union.

The temple continued to maintain tight security. The temple allowed vehicles to enter and leave the temple through Gate 7 but all vehicles were all searched through. Other gates were closed with barricades and bulldozers.

Reporters were not allowed to enter the temple's compoudn and an army of them were waiting outside Gate 7 in anticipation that the DSI would enter the compound soon.

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