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Prayut not sure Phra Dhammachayo still inside temple

Feb 17. 2017
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By The Nation

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Friday he has no idea whether the controversial abbot of Wat Dhammakaya is still in the temple.

“If he [the abbot] is there we will see him. If he is not, we won’t,” he said.

In his capacity as junta chief, Prayut on 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 temple’s honorary abbot, Phra Dhammachayo.

Phra Dhammachayo, whose name has been linked to several scandals, is now wanted on money-laundering charges related to the notorious embezzlement case involving the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative. On-going investigations have suggested a network connected to the monk had received more than Bt1 billion from the cooperative.

As yesterday’s search was obstructed by the abbot’s followers Prayut said the Article 44 would enforce with all people, including monks.

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