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Suwaphan confident Phra Dhammachayo still inside temple

Feb 16. 2017
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By The Nation

Justice Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana said Thursday he believes Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Dhammakaya, is still in the temple.

Suwaphan, who oversees the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), said the government had assigned DSI to conduct search following the third search warrants.

Junta chief Prayut Chan-o-cha earlier Thursday issued an order to declare Wat Dhammakaya and surrounding areas as an area under control by the authorities in apparent preparation for a raid to arrest the controversial abbot.

 

Last year, when the DSI tried to enter the temple and arrest Phra Dhammachayo, thousands of his followers turned up and demanded that the officers leave. On Tuesday, word spread that the DSI was planning another raid, which would be backed by military support.

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