Wat Dhammakaya

A discussion on all aspects of Theravāda Buddhism
santa100
Posts: 1964
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:55 pm

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby santa100 » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:56 am

DC2R wrote:Just because someone is a monk does not mean that they are a good monk. However, I wonder why a monk that uses an iPhone and takes selfies doesn't just disrobe and live a fulfilling lay life.

Simple, because he's a bad monk. In his mind, monkhood is the best job one could ever get in this world: a zero-stress, 100% free ride with everything: room and board, cars, electronics, money, and possibly even sex! However, one should pity the fool for his inability to see his own horrid future: the countless life times he'll spend in the lower realms to repay this mount Everest of debts he owes the lay people. (Ref. MN 86 and Vism I.125-127 on the 4 ways a monk uses his requisites:
1. by theft, the use made by a morally depraved monk
2. by debt, the unreflective use by a virtuous monk
3. by inheritance, the use by the sekhas excluding arhant
4. by ownership (debt-free), the use by an arhant)

User avatar
Kumara
Posts: 581
Joined: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:14 am

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby Kumara » Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:45 am

suriyopama wrote:Here are the latest news:
Razor-sharp confrontation
Dhammakaya temple has added military-grade concertina wire and more security cameras, as the senior Buddhist abbot of Pathum Thani province agrees to help.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/996577/provincial-abbot-agrees-to-help-dsi

Fears of bloodshed over abbot

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Fears-of-bloodshed-over-abbot-30287127.html

Wow... This reminds me of David Koresh's Branch Davidian cult, a major difference breing that Dhammakaya is much better equipped.
I'm not just a monk. I'm a human being. — Sayadaw U Jotika

User avatar
Mr Man
Posts: 2147
Joined: Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:42 am

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby Mr Man » Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:10 am

Kumara wrote:
Wow... This reminds me of David Koresh's Branch Davidian cult, a major difference breing that Dhammakaya is much better equipped.


Better equipped in what sense? Do they have weapons?

User avatar
suriyopama
Posts: 440
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am
Location: Thailand

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby suriyopama » Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:40 am

Prayut tightens security at Wat Phra Dhammakaya

2 Jun 2016 at 19:37

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered stepped up security at Wat Phra Dhammakaya to prevent any incidents as tens of thousands of followers gather at the temple where the abbot, accused of money laundering, is claiming ill health and evading the law.
After hearing reports that red-shirt guards from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) were staying in the temple in Khlong Luang district of Pathum Thani, Gen Prayut said at Government House on Thursday that he had ordered security authorities to enact measures to ensure safety, including weapon searches of visitors.

Gen Prayut said people's safety must be ensured as a "party" could enter the temple and take some kind of action and put the blame on the government. He said officials must be ensured as a "party" could enter the temple and take some kind of action and put the blame on the government. He said officials must not carry weapons in the temple.

"We do not want anyone to set up an out-of-control situation like in 2010. I ask all parties to think about that. The concern is there.

"I am worried about the two to three thousand people who are praying there. If just one of them faces danger, which of us will be sad? Will Buddhism be damaged?" the prime minister said, referring to the UDD demonstrations six years ago.

Gen Prayut urged abbot Phra Dhammajayo to defend himself within the justice system rather than flee the country.

The management of Wat Phra Dhammakaya restricted access to the temple after Phra Dhammajayo failed to acknowledge charges of laundering and receiving stolen property with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on May 26 and now faces an arrest warrant.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/999389/prayut-tightens-security-at-wat-phra-dhammakaya
Image
A worker installs metal sheets in place of barbed wire on the fence of Wat Phra Dhammakaya on Thursday as the abbot continues to refuse to acknowledge money-laundering charges.(Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)

User avatar
suriyopama
Posts: 440
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am
Location: Thailand

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby suriyopama » Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:16 am

Dhammajayo sets three conditions for surrender

:alien: :guns: :alien:
First, the abbot wants to be granted bail right after hearing the charges. However, the issue is complicated for a monk.

Second, Phra Dhammajayo wants doctors from Phramongkutklao Hospital, run by the Royal Thai Army, to come and examine him at the temple instead of those from the Medical Council of Thailand.

Third, the chief monk of Pathum Thani, where Wat Dhammakaya is located, must join the DSI in charging the abbot.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1001749/dhammajayo-sets-surrender-terms

jameswang
Posts: 41
Joined: Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:00 am

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby jameswang » Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:29 am

suriyopama wrote:Dhammajayo sets three conditions for surrender

:alien: :guns: :alien:
First, the abbot wants to be granted bail right after hearing the charges. However, the issue is complicated for a monk.

Second, Phra Dhammajayo wants doctors from Phramongkutklao Hospital, run by the Royal Thai Army, to come and examine him at the temple instead of those from the Medical Council of Thailand.

Third, the chief monk of Pathum Thani, where Wat Dhammakaya is located, must join the DSI in charging the abbot.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1001749/dhammajayo-sets-surrender-terms

Fuh.... We can admire him for having such great faith in himself.
Last edited by jameswang on Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:44 am, edited 1 time in total.

jameswang
Posts: 41
Joined: Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:00 am

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby jameswang » Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:39 am

Mr Man wrote:
Kumara wrote:
Wow... This reminds me of David Koresh's Branch Davidian cult, a major difference breing that Dhammakaya is much better equipped.


Better equipped in what sense? Do they have weapons?

barbed wires, excavators, hammers, rocket/missile, spaceships, money, money, money....

User avatar
suriyopama
Posts: 440
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am
Location: Thailand

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby suriyopama » Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:43 am

Wat Dhammakaya again shuts gates to outsiders
Bangkok Post 15 Jun 2016 at 15:43
PATHUM THANI - Two large backhoes mounted on caterpillar tracks returned to block entry to Wat Dhammakaya on Wednesday to protect the abbot following reports of a possible raid on the temple by police executing an arrest warrant.

The heavy machinery was parked across the main entrance of the temple in Khlong Luang district in Pathum Thani, and the gates were shut with scaffolding installed inside as another barrier.

In the street outside the compound, hundreds of motorcycles were lined up along the fence and the temple was not allowing outsiders to pass through the gate.

There was no comment from the temple on the extra measures.

The tightened security followed reports from unnamed sources on some media outlets on Tuesday that police were considering a raid on the temple to capture Phra Dhammajayo after the collapse of negotiations about the abbot surrendering to investigators.

The unconfirmed reports said about 600 police would be deployed to seal the compound on Thursday and move inside the premises on Friday.

The only official move on Tuesday was a meeting of top police officers, led by deputy national police chief Pol Gen Sriwara Rangsitphramanakul, on the "Kabin 59" operation. He did not release any new details.

Phra Dhammajayo is wanted under an arrest warrant. The 72-year-old abbot is accused of involvement in money laundering and receiving stolen property worth 1.2 billion baht in connection with the 12-billion-baht embezzlement at Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative. He has denied the charges through spokesmen.

He is allegedly one of the recipients of 878 cheques paid by former cooperative chairman Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, who admitted to siphoning money from the cooperative's accounts in 2013 and was sentenced by the Criminal Court to 16 years in jail.

The monk's followers removed the backhoes from the gate on June 1 after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed concern over the mounting confrontation between Phra Dhammajayo's devotees and the Department of Special Investigation.

Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said on Wednesday that he was not aware of any plan to enter the temple, but officials would not give up their attempts to take the embattled monk into custody.

Gen Paiboon issued a strong warning against anybody trying to prevent authorities from apprehending Phra Dhammajayo.

"Authorities will take their pictures and arrest them later. If they are at home, they will be arrested there. If they are seen on the road, they will be arrested there," he said.

Image
Image
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1010845/
Last edited by suriyopama on Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:52 am, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
suriyopama
Posts: 440
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am
Location: Thailand

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby suriyopama » Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:51 am

DSI prepares special special team to arrest Dhammachayo
The Nation June 16, 2016 8:17 am
The Department of Special Investigation has prepared a special team of 12 unarmed officers for arresting the controversial abbot of Dhammakaya Temple, DSI deputy chief Pol Major Suriya Singhakamol said Thursday. Suriya said the DSI prepared the team at 5 am.

While the team was prepared to enter the temple, the Provincial Police Bureau 1 dispatched police officers to keep security around the temple.

Suriya said the team would take Phra Dhammachayo, the abbot, to the Criminal Court to be formally charged with collaboration to embezzle money of the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative.

He said the team would negotiate with followers of the monk to allow them to enter the temple. If the abbot is found to be seriously ill, he will be taken in an ambulance to the Police Hospital before being taken to the Criminal Court.

But if the team is prevented from entering the compound, the DSI will inform the court and the Office of the Attorney General accordingly.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/DSI-prepares-special-special-team-to-arrest-Dhamma-30288301.html

Monks allow DSI officials to search Dhammakaya Temple
The Nation June 16, 2016 9:42 am
The leading monks of the Dhammakaya Temple agreed to allow some Department of Special Investigation officials to enter the temple and search it.

The agreement was reached after DSI deputy chief Suriya Singhakamol held a negotiation with Phra Sanitwong and other monks for about 15 minutes.

The two sides held a joint press conference to announce the agreement.

Phra Sanitwong said the DSI officials would be allowed to enter the temple once the monks informed lay followers of the abbot, Phra Dhammachayao.

Phra Sanitwong insisted that Phra Dhammachayo was still being treated inside the temple for his chronic ailment.

After the press conference, which was held at 9:27 am, the monks tried to tall to the staunch lay followers of the abbot to agree with the decision and allow the DSI officials to enter the temple to meet the abbot

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Monks-allow-DSI-officials-to-search-Dhammakaya-Tem-30288306.html

User avatar
suriyopama
Posts: 440
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am
Location: Thailand

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby suriyopama » Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:55 am

Dhammachayo Capturing Operation delayed until after monks' lunch
The Nation June 16, 2016 11:00 am

The Department of Special Investigation announced that its operation to capture Dhammakaya Temple abbot Phra Dhammachayo will be delayed until the monks inside the temple finish their lunch.

Normally Buddhist monks have their lunch as the last meal of the day from 11 am to 12 pm.

DSI deputy chief Suriya Singhakamol held a press conference at Gate 7 of the temple that the officials failed to enter the temple through Gate 5 although leading monks of the temple had already agreed to let the officials inside in line with a search warrant issued by the Criminal Court Wednesday evening.

DSI officials and accompanying monks spent some 20 minutes to talk to Dhammachayo’s followers at Gate 5 to no avail. The followers insisted that no officials would be allowed to enter the temple to arrest the abbot because he is seriously ill.

After the failure of talk with the followers, the DSI officials returned to Gate 7 to hold a press conference.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Dhammachayo-Capturing-Operation-delayed-until-afte-30288310.html

The search warrant expires in 24 hours. I would not be surprised if the monks keep on delaying it until it expires.

I'ts an Interesting day :alien:

User avatar
suriyopama
Posts: 440
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am
Location: Thailand

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby suriyopama » Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:58 am

Monks blocking the roads to access Wat Dhamamkaya
Image
Image

More interesting pictures here:
http://www.bangkokpost.com/photo/photo/1011653/tension-at-scandal-hit-dhammakaya


And a recap of the events of this morning, with more pictures:

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Recap-of-half-day-operation-of-DSI-30288311.html

User avatar
suriyopama
Posts: 440
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am
Location: Thailand

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby suriyopama » Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:44 am

Operation to capture Phra Dhammachayao fails
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Operation-to-capture-Phra-Dhammachayao-fails-30288323.html
June 16, 2016 2:02 pm
The operation by the Department of Special Investigation to arrest Phra Dhammachayo has failed because of strong resistance by lay followers of the abbot of the Dhammakaya temple, the DSI and three other government agencies told a press conference.

The four-partite press conference was held at 1:25 pm, after which DSI officials aborted the operation and left the temple. The district chief of Pathum Thani’s Klong Luang district, and representatives of the National Office of Buddhism joined the press conference, which was also participated by monks of the temple.

DSI deputy chief Suriya Singhakamol admitted during the press conference that the operation to enter the temple to bring the abbot to hear embezzlement charges at the Criminal Court, which continued until 10:30 am, failed because the abbot’s staunch followers would not allow the officials to go inside.

Suriya said the mission would continue but he did not give timeframe.

Phra Sanitwong, who represented the temple, said Phra Dhammachayo did not flee from the temple but he was too ill to come out to meet officials. He said the temple had already cooperated with the DSI.

Phra Sanitwong said the followers, many of them elderly people, love the abbot and worry about is health as he is not well.

The Klong Luang district chief the operation was peaceful as no violence erupted.

The DSI did not say what it would do next as the search warrant would expire at 8 pm Thursday.

User avatar
suriyopama
Posts: 440
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am
Location: Thailand

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby suriyopama » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:05 am

@PanuCNA reporter of ChannelNewsAsia reports on twitter:
https://twitter.com/PanuCNA
Panu Wongcha-um ‏@PanuCNA 5h ago
Dhammakaya temple speaker system say charges lay against the abbot are unjust - say they would only accept it if democratic gov issue them

Panu Wongcha-um ‏@PanuCNA 5h ago
Temple speaker system: Dhammkaya case is link gov inability to appoint new Supreme Patriarch. Both instigated by an ill-intent group within


Those statements from the temple PA confirm that the objective of Dhammakaya Cult creating all this mess is to generate turmoil and a crisis to erode the Military Junta. If Dhammachayo would have not refused to declare on the first occasions when he was asked, there would be no need to issue an arrest warrant and all this mess would have never happened.

Panu Wongcha-um ‏@PanuCNA 1h1 hour ago
DSI: those supporters blocking entry inside the temple will be charge with obstruction by local police

Panu Wongcha-um ‏@PanuCNA 1h ago
Dhammakaya monk: we have cooperate with state authority but we cannot tell supporters that is blocking access inside temple what to do
Dhammakaya monk: temple is not blocking official entry - we have cooperate fully with the authority so far

However, at the pictures we can also see monks blocking the roads.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/vdo/thailand/1011797/monks-devotees-block-temple-road

User avatar
gavesako
Posts: 1640
Joined: Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:16 pm
Location: England

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby gavesako » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:03 pm

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crim ... ekly-obey/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Battle of Good and Evil:
Attachments
invasion Dhammakaya final battle.jpg
invasion Dhammakaya final battle.jpg (243.47 KiB) Viewed 282 times
Bhikkhu Gavesako
Kiṃkusalagavesī anuttaraṃ santivarapadaṃ pariyesamāno... (MN 26)

ajahnchah.org - Teachings of Ajahn Chah in many languages
Dhammatube - Videos on Buddhist practice
Ancient Buddhist Texts - Translations and history of Pali texts

User avatar
Mr Man
Posts: 2147
Joined: Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:42 am

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby Mr Man » Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:16 pm

suriyopama wrote:Those statements from the temple PA confirm that the objective of Dhammakaya Cult creating all this mess is to generate turmoil and a crisis to erode the Military Junta.


You mean a bit like Buddhaissara, Santi Asok and PDRC did to get rid of the elected govt.?

User avatar
suriyopama
Posts: 440
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am
Location: Thailand

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby suriyopama » Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:27 am

Less standoff, more justice
BANGKOK POST EDITORIAL COLUMN 17 Jun 2016 at 04:20
http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1012377
The confrontation between Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officers and followers of Wat Phra Dhammakaya's abbot wanted in connection to a money-laundering case gripped the nation Thursday, but the showdown was completely uncalled for.

Many people were glued to television and online newsfeeds after DSI officials showed up at the temple in Pathum Thani in the morning with a search warrant to arrest its abbot Phra Dhammajayo.

The 72-year-old monk is wanted under an arrest warrant on charges of money laundering and receiving stolen property worth 1.2 billion baht in relation to the 12-billion-baht embezzlement case at Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative.

Phra Dhammajayo denied the charges through spokesmen but the DSI needs to have him acknowledge the charges and enter the law enforcement process accordingly.

Over the past month, Phra Dhammajayo has refused to meet officials citing illnesses and rejected a proposal to be examined by Medical Council representatives. After setting several preconditions through a series of talks between the temple and the DSI, including a request that the abbot be granted bail immediately and that the chief investigator handling the case be replaced, all still came to naught.

Insisting that they "believe" in the abbot's innocence, supporters of Wat Phra Dhammakaya have taken to barricading the temple's entrances with heavy machinery. At one point when they were concerned the officials might raid the spacious premises in search of the abbot, the followers gathered inside the temple apparently to form a human shield to protect the abbot.

The temple is known for its immense wealth and strong influence over millions of followers. Its defiance of attempts to process the Klongchan embezzlement case in which thousands of people lost what could amount to their lifetime's savings definitely gives an impression that the temple is seeking preferential treatment.

The more Wat Phra Dhammakaya followers -- distinguished for being clad in white and appearing in public in an orderly manner -- try to protect the abbot, the more questions are raised among the public about what he has to hide. Most importantly, by refusing to defend himself through the justice process, Phra Dhammajayo and his temple are suggesting to the public that they are above the law.

When DSI officials arrived at the temple's gate Thursday morning, they were again met with steel barricades and thousands of Wat Phra Dhammakaya devotees chanting in the rain, apparently to obstruct the officers from advancing into the temple. Again, the officials had to negotiate with the temple's monks to execute the search warrant and try to find the suspect. Again, it became obvious that state authorities were prevented from doing their duty by the temple's followers who seem to have taken the law into their own hands.

The temple's administrative monks may have said they were willing to cooperate with the DSI and let the officials search the temple which covers a vast area of more than 190 rai but the difficulties that the DSI had to go through to execute their search and arrest warrants and the rounds of fruitless negotiations, are telling the public otherwise. The temple's continued defiance and use of delaying tactics are being seen as a complete disregard of the justice system, which applies to everyone, monks included.

The DSI and police had to mobilise a great deal of resources including hundreds of officers, fire trucks and ambulances during the operation to capture Phra Dhammajayo. The standoff inevitably put the nation on edge as violence or clashes cannot be ruled out.

The tension is unnecessary as Phra Dhammajayo has always had the option of entering the justice system to defend himself. The abbot should embrace that rightful path.


DSI turns tail without a fight
17 Jun 2016 at 04:00
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1012137/dsi-turns-tail-without-a-fight
Image
Department of Special investigation officers talk with monks at Wat Phra Dhammakaya before turning tail and leaving without searching the temple. (Photos by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

User avatar
gavesako
Posts: 1640
Joined: Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:16 pm
Location: England

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby gavesako » Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:42 pm

PHRA DHAMMACHAYO, the controversial abbot of Dhammakaya Temple, has been officially blacklisted by the Immigration Bureau, effectively blocking him from leaving the country.
...
Piyapong revealed that officials had also investigated the flow of finances to Dhammakaya Temple.
"It's strange that the temple also has a giant balloon and a drone. Of what use are such tools for true Dharma practice?" he asked.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/nationa ... 88477.html
Bhikkhu Gavesako
Kiṃkusalagavesī anuttaraṃ santivarapadaṃ pariyesamāno... (MN 26)

ajahnchah.org - Teachings of Ajahn Chah in many languages
Dhammatube - Videos on Buddhist practice
Ancient Buddhist Texts - Translations and history of Pali texts

User avatar
Kumara
Posts: 581
Joined: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:14 am

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby Kumara » Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:34 am

jameswang wrote:
Mr Man wrote:
Kumara wrote:
Wow... This reminds me of David Koresh's Branch Davidian cult, a major difference breing that Dhammakaya is much better equipped.


Better equipped in what sense? Do they have weapons?

barbed wires, excavators, hammers, rocket/missile, spaceships, money, money, money....

We can now add monks and lay devotees. :popcorn:
I'm not just a monk. I'm a human being. — Sayadaw U Jotika

User avatar
suriyopama
Posts: 440
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am
Location: Thailand

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby suriyopama » Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:45 am

DTAC tycoon Boonchai Bencharongkul accused of breaking law
Boonchai Bencharongkul, the founder of Thailand's second-largest mobile operator Dtac, may have broken the law when he called on disciples of Phra Dhammajayo to “practice Dhamma” at Wat Phra Dhammakaya and protect the abbot from a “smear campaign”, a former National Reform Council member said on Sunday.

Paiboon Nititawan, the former chairman of the defunct NRC committee on religious affairs, told Daily News Online that the billionaire’s remarks could be construed as a violation of Article 189 of the Criminal Code. The legal section prohibits people from helping a culprit or alleged offender to avoid punishment and carries a two-year jail term and a 4,000 baht fine.

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Sunday warned leading figures who are members of Wat Phra Dhammakaya to stop encouraging followers to gather at the temple as it could be illegal and the crowds could prevent law enforcers from doing their duty.

Mr Boonchai made his call on Friday on “Kao Clear, Clear Kao Chad”, a programme broadcast on DMC, the satellite TV run by the temple. His remarks drew outrage from critics of Dhammakaya and others who have demanded temple staff and followers cooperate with law enforcement officials.

Mr Paiboon said Mr Boonchai’s call came as Department of Special Investigation officials were working on a plan to search the Pathum Thani temple to locate Phra Dhammajayo after their first attempt failed on Thursday. The call could be regarded as an attempt to help the suspect, especially if the gathering at the temple proved not to be held for religious purposes.

The 62-year-old Dtac founder could also face charges of violating the Public Assembly Act if temple critics file a complaint with police, he said. The public assembly law requires rally organisers to inform police at least 24 hours in advance of planned demonstrations.

A number of people have posted on Dtac's Facebook page expressing anger at Mr Boonchai's call and threatening to cancel their subscriptions and move to other mobile phone operators. The page's administrator put up a message saying the company was not involved in political and religious affairs and that Mr Boonchai’s comments were a personal opinion that had nothing to do with company policies.
---

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1014473/

Dhammachayo supporters told not to obstruct justice system
The Nation June 19, 2016 8:26 pm
The government has urged supporters of Dhammakaya Temple abbot Phra Dhammachayo to stop inciting people to obstruct the justice process as the monk is facing criminal charges for alleged money-laundering and asset embez¬zlement.

The move followed DTAC, the country's secondbiggest mobilephone oper¬ator, issuing a statement on its Facebook page distancing the company from the call of its founder and chairman, Boonchai Bencharongkul, urging Dhammakaya Temple disciples to protect the abbot from authorities.

The abbot has failed to show up to hear charges at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), even though the agency has a courtapproved arrest and search warrants targeting him.

Boonchai, one of the country's richest people, is a founder and former major shareholder of DTAC, which is now majoritycontrolled by Telenor Group of Norway. As a devout follower of Phra Dhammachayo, Boonchai gave a TV interview and urged people to come out to protect the abbot.

Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the PM's Office spokesman, said Prime Minister Prayut Chanocha had called on all parties concerned to be reasonable and act in accor¬dance with law while sug¬gesting that inciting people to obstruct the justice process was inappropriate and illegal.

The prime minister has a good understanding of the feelings of faithful believers, but they are urged to follow the law, Sansern said.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Dhammachayo-supporters-told-not-to-obstruct-justic-30288593.html

User avatar
suriyopama
Posts: 440
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am
Location: Thailand

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Postby suriyopama » Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:40 am

Amlo, DSI mull civil action against temple
New evidence reveals B400m more paid out

Bangkok Post 22 Jun 2016 at 04:00
The Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) and the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) may take joint civil action to pursue the assets of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and those of its embattled abbot, Phra Dhammajayo, according to a source.

The move comes after the discovery of evidence that showed more than 400 million baht from the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC) had been paid, in seven cheques, to a number of monks and people associated with Wat Phra Dhammakaya.

The 72-year-old abbot is facing an arrest warrant on charges of money laundering and receiving stolen property in connection with the multi-billion baht KCUC embezzlement.

The DSI last Thursday made its first attempt to arrest the abbot at the temple where he is allegedly holed up but failed as his followers gathered en masse and blocked authorities from entering.

At this point, investigators have found well over 1.6 billion baht has been paid to the suspects in 27 cheques. Prior evidence suggested the amount was 1.2 billion baht.

The authorities had so far pressed charges against the suspects for receiving 1.4 billion baht out of the 1.6 billion baht, said Pakorn Sucheevakun, director of the DSI's Bureau of Financial and Banking Crime. He said more charges will be pressed later concerning the rest of the money.

The Amlo and the DSI discussed at a meeting Tuesday their next move to take civil action in pursuit of the assets of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Phra Dhammajayo, said the source.

Results of the meeting were not disclosed.

In another development, DSI chief Paisit Wongmuang confirmed the DSI was conducting a disciplinary probe against two former DSI investigators who were looking into the 12-billion-baht KCUC embezzlement case.

One of them was the head of the former DSI investigation team looking into the case, he said.

The two allegedly helped former KCUC chairman Supachai Srisupa-aksorn reclaim his ownership over land initially seized for inspection as part of the investigation and he had since resold the land, said Pol Col Paisit.

Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC) chief executive Lars Norling, meanwhile, clarified the role of Boonchai Bencharongkul, the company's chairman who triggered a public outcry over his recent show of support for Phra Dhammajayo.

He said Tuesday that Mr Boonchai is actually one of 12 members of DTAC's board but does not play any role in the firm's management.

Prakit Philangkasa, chairman of a committee rehabilitating the KCUC, said the cooperative plans to begin repaying members affected by the scandal from June 30.

Image


Return to “General Theravāda discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: paul and 15 guests

Google Saffron, Theravada Search Engine