The acting Supreme Patriarch will have to explain how he got Bt4 million to pay for the classic Mercedes-Benz in his possession, a source at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said yesterday.
Phra Dhammachayo, the abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, has been ordered to report to the Department of Special Investigation to acknowledge charges of money laundering and receiving stolen property in connection with the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative embezzlement scandal.
The summons was issued by Pol Lt Col Pakorn Sucheevakul, chief of the DSI's Bureau of Financial and Banking Crime.
Phra Dhammachayo is required to report to the DSI headquarters on April 8 at 9am. Pol Lt Col Pakorn said the action follows the submission of a petition to his bureau a few weeks ago. It charged Phra Dhammachayo with money laundering and taking stolen property in accepting cheques drawn on the KCUC by people involved in embezzlement.
He said affected cooperative members sought prosecution against the recipients of 878 cheques from the cooperative and DSI interrogators and public prosecutors decided on Wednesday to issue summonses for the abbot and another suspect.
Phra Dhammachayo, 72, had received many cheques worth altogether 800 million baht and the sum had been channelled to partners of his temple in many provinces, Pol Lt Col Pakorn said.
The other suspect is Miss Sasithorn Chokeprasit who received cheques worth about 100 million baht.
DSI interrogators sent a summons to Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Pathum Thani province on Wednesday, he said.
Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said on the same day that the DSI suspected Phra Dhammachayo of conspiring in moneylaundering and accepting stolen property because he had been named as the payee of cheques donated by Supachai Srisupaaksorn, former chairman of the cooperative.
Damaged members of the cooperative were questioned at the DSI on Wednesday. Among them, Siwaporn Plengsaengsri said Phra Dhammachayo should return all the money because it belonged to cooperative members who kept their life savings at the cooperative and never intended to donate.
Phra Sanitwong Wutthiwaso, communication chief of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, later on Wednesday insisted on the innocence of Phra Dhammachayo. He said the abbot had accepted the donations like any monk would naturally do and had had no knowledge about the source of the money.
Followers of the temple had already raised about 600 million baht and gave the money to the cooperative as financial aid on the condition that when the issue is finalised, the cooperative will return the sum to the followers, the monk said.
He added that the previously received donations had already been spent on building religious buildings.
In early March the Criminal Court sentenced Supachai to 16 years in jail in one of seven cases connected to 12billionbaht embezzlement at the once richest cooperative in the country.
slimdabuddhist wrote:He thinks he's above the law
When a terrorist monk gets award for peace ..
I did not know that Ma Ba Tha had won an award in Thailand. This news from the Bangkok Post is really very problematic and highlights what is so rotten inside Buddhism today. Truly, the religion of Siddhartha Gautam Buddha has been hijacked by racists and bigots who have no respect for human rights of others. It is shameful and inexcusable.
In February, Ma Ba Tha received an award in Thailand for being an "outstanding Buddhist peace" organisation. The terrorist monk Wirathu attended the ceremony.
The questionable award first became public last week when a Facebook post by academic Somrit Luechai showed Ashin Wirathu at the award ceremony which was presided over by an elder from the Supreme Sangha.
Mr Somrit strongly condemned the award being given to a militant monk whose campaigns of hate have triggered mass killings of Rohingya Muslims. He also named Dhammakaya and Maha Chula as collaborators in the ceremony which he described as an abuse of Buddhism and an endorsement of hatred and violence.
Maha Chula is at the centre of the clergy's campaigns to make Buddhism the state religion and another supporting Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn, also known as Somdet Chuang, to become the next supreme patriarch.
What is also very rotten with the award ceremony is that the award was actually organised by a group called World Buddhist Leaders Organisation, chaired by Dr Pornchai Pinyapong who is also president of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (WFBY). Last year, it reportedly donated over one million baht for the organisation to build two radio stations with the aim of spreading its message to a wider audience. Wirathu was reportedly present to thank the Thai delegation personally for the donation.
If this be the attitude of WBLO and WFBY, what can one expect from ordinary Buddhists that are willing to do the most evil acts directed and scripted by their monks?
As Sanitsuda Ekachai, former editorial pages editor, Bangkok Post, rightly puts it, they only have themselves to blame. Temple corruption, monk misconduct, luxurious lifestyles and the total inefficiency of the Sangha Council have resulted in declining public faith in the clergy in Thailand, which is aggravated further by their meddling in divisive politics.
gavesako wrote:World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth President purged as Dhammakaya fallout takes hold
The Buddhist Channel, April 9, 2016
Bangkok, Thailand -- The President of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (WFBY), Dr. Pornchai Pinyapong was unanimously voted out by the body's executive committee in an emergency meeting held at it's headquarters in Bangkok, on Monday, April 4, 2016.
Along with Dr. Pornchai, WFBY's Treasurer Dr. Napolpech Manilanga was also removed. The WFBY exco also suspended all ties with Dhammakaya Foundation (DKF) via the termination of its affiliate organizations, which acted as WFBY's regional centers.
suriyopama wrote:The Dhammakaya evangelists have created a fund to return the 680 million Baht from the Credit Union Cooperative that were embezzled.
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