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Offline thaiga

Hurt the image of Buddhism
« on: August 16, 2018, 01:26:16 PM »
Court rejects ex-monks’ bail pleas

 Suspects accused of well organised crime that involved huge sums, hurt image of Buddhism.
THE CRIMINAL Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases yesterday rejected bail requests for five former senior monks and their three alleged accomplices in a big corruption scandal. 

 At the centre of the scandal are the Sa Ket temple’s former abbot, Thongchai Sukayano, who was previously known as Phra Phromsitti, and four former assistant abbots. Also implicated are three civilians, who were found to have suspiciously received funds from the temple.

Public prosecutors submitted their case to court yesterday.

Upon showing up at the court, the eight defendants tried to seek temporary release but their request was turned down on grounds that their alleged crime was well-organised, they had stolen huge amounts from the state budget and had hurt the image of Buddhism.

“Their [alleged] crimes are grave and will carry heavy punishment,” the court said, adding that there were also grounds to believe that the defendants would flee if granted bail.

Before the allegations emerged, Phra Phromsitti was a powerful and much-respected monk in the country. Not only did he lead a Royal temple in Bangkok, but was also chief of the Monastic Region 10, chairman of the Dhammaduta Office and member of the Sangha Supreme Council (SSC).

The accused monks had to give up their saffron robes when they were taken to prison pending investigation into their alleged crimes.

Wat Sa Ket is not the only temple under investigation.

The authorities have started to seriously look into state-provided funds to temples, after a temple in the South reported that a senior official of the National Buddhism Office (NBO) had asked for a kickback.

Yesterday, public prosecutors forwarded a corruption case involving Euan Klinsalee, another former member of the SSC.

Euan used to be widely known as Phra Phromdilok. Before he was hit with corruption charges, Euan was the powerful abbot of Bangkok’s Sam Phraya Temple and monastic chief in the capital. Also implicated in this case was his secretary – now also a former monk. These defendants did not apply for bail release when they were taken to the Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct yesterday.

The only former monk granted bail in a corruption case was Somkiat Khanthong – the former abbot of Lad Khae Temple in Phetchabun province. Though he was denied temporary release during the interrogation process, his bail request was granted when his case went to court.

Somkiat, formerly Phra Khri Kitti Patcharakhun, is accused of collaborating with Nopparat Benjawatananun, a former director of the NBO, in embezzling state funds. Nopparat is on the run, like the NBO’s former deputy director Pranom Kongpikul. 

Panom Sornsilp, another former director of the NBO, is in detention over corruption charges. He was nabbed this month.

Damages from alleged temple-fund embezzlements are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of baht.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Re: Hurt the image of Buddhism
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2018, 05:04:35 PM »

Temple novice in coma after alleged attack by monk

A temple novice is in coma after the boy suffered multiple injuries from an alleged attack by a senior monk.

Novice, 9, yr. old is receiving medical treatment at Phaholpolpayuhasena Hospital in Muang district and doctors said on Sunday that his condition is seriously deteriorating. The boy remains unconscious.

Police said his body and head were severely bruised, and his hand wrist were broken.

The novice was ordained at Wat Don Khamin in Tha Maka district of the central province.

Pol Capt Amnat Chanbutr, the deputy chief of Luk Kae police station, said the injuries came from a physical attack and the prime suspect was a, 64 yr. old, a senior monk at the temple.

The monk was summonsed for interrogation at the police station on Sunday, but police have yet to press charges against him.

Novice was injured on Saturday and admitted to the ICU at Makarak Hospital in Tha Maka. After his condition did not improve, he was transferred to Phaholpolpayuhasena Hospital later that night.

The boy is in the ICU with his mother, and other relatives in attendance. His father,  is travelling from Rayong to visit him in the Kanchanaburi hospital.

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Re: Hurt the image of Buddhism
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2018, 09:07:13 PM »

Temple novice in coma after alleged attack by monk

A temple novice is in coma after the boy suffered multiple injuries from an alleged attack by a senior monk.

Novice, 9, yr. old is receiving medical treatment at Phaholpolpayuhasena Hospital in Muang district and doctors said on Sunday that his condition is seriously deteriorating. The boy remains unconscious.

Monk disrobed, charged over attack on novice at temple

The former monk told police that he had lost his temper and used a stick to hit the boy after a nun at the temple complained that the novice had misbehaved.

Another novice at the temple said he was also forced to sit in a basin filled with water for about three hours and stand up to be hit with a stick.

the mother of the injured novice who filed the complaint with police, said she was devasted after seeing what had happened to her son. Although the defrocked monk, had previously helped her family by giving her food, she will not compromise on the case.

The boy is still in the ICU at Phaholpolpayuhasena Hospital in Muang district.

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Re: Hurt the image of Buddhism ... novice, 9, dies from injuries
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2018, 12:35:21 PM »

Monk charged after novice, 9, dies from injuries

A senior monk in Kanchanaburi has been charged with assault resulting in death after a nine-year-old novice in his care succumbed on Sunday night to serious injuries that had put him in a coma.

Luangta, 64, of Wat Don Khamin in Tha Maka district, who had already been disrobed following his arrest for assault earlier on Sunday, was booked on the more serious charge.

He told police the boy had often been “naughty and disobedient” since taking his novice vows in April.

Fellow novices said the latest incident included the boy being forced to sit in a container of water and being violently pushed against a pillar, which gashed his chin and knocked him unconscious.

Suspecting he was feigning, the monk lifted the boy up and slammed him back onto the floor, resulting in serious head injury, they said.

Once conscious, he was allegedly beaten repeatedly with a thick wooden stick.

The matter came to light when Wat Don Khamin Foundation volunteers directing funeral traffic at the temple on Saturday evening were asked to take the unconscious novice to hospital.

Told he’d suffered “a seizure from illness”, the volunteers noticed multiple bruises, the gash on his chin, a broken arm, and an apparent head injury that turned out to be masking an intracerebral haemorrhage.

Doctors at Makarak Hospital gave the comatose novice less than a 20-per-cent chance of surviving but transferred him to intensive care at Paholpolpayuhasena Hospital in Muang district.

Look Kae police took Luangta in for questioning on Sunday, at which point he allegedly confessed.

A doctor’s statement detailing the fatal injuries is awaited so the prosecution can proceed.

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Re: Hurt the image of Buddhism
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2018, 02:50:34 PM »
the mother thought she done the right thing, being poor the little kid would get well fed at the temple, not knowing he was being delivered to the care of a savage. R I P little one

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Re: Hurt the image of Buddhism
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2018, 12:17:57 PM »

More heads due to roll at Wat Sa Ket

Two former assistant abbots of Wat Sa Ket (Temple of the Golden Mount) in Bangkok and a layman have been indicted for their alleged involvement in the embezzlement of a state fund to support Buddhism studies.

Prosecutors filed the indictments at the Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct on Wednesday. They target Sangkom Kangkapat, formerly known as Phra Ratcha Upa-senapon, and Terd Wongcha-um, who used to hold the clerical title Phra Wichit Thammaporn. Both men are 47.

The layman, 43-year-old Thawit Sangyu, is believed to have close ties to DD Thaweekhun Co, which produces media materials for Wat Sa Ket.

All three were indicted on charges related to money laundering and embezzlement of the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) budget.

The NOB had earmarked 10 million baht for Wat Sa Ket to support its Phrapariyattidhamma School's general education section. It later came to light that the temple operated no such section and was not qualified to seek financial support.

The 10 million baht was siphoned from a 72-million-baht budget the NOB had allocated to the temple.

The charges against the three suspects also constitute an offence under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, the Sangha Act and the Criminal Code. Sangha refers to the Buddhist monastic order.

The two former monks allegedly signed their names to withdraw the money from the temple's account. Mr Thawit is believed to have acted on their behalf in spending it.

The court accepted the indictments vand was scheduled to hear the case on Sept 3, when the suspects will be brought over from Bangkok Remand Prison to attend the session. None have sought bail.

Wat Sa Ket was one of three Bangkok temples, along with Wat Samphanthawong and Wat Sam Phraya, Crime Suppression Division (CSD) officers raided on May 24. They zeroed in any potential wrongdoing by senior monks.

Five monks were arrested including former Phra Wichit Thammaporn.

Ex-Wat Sa Ket abbot Phra Phrom Sitthi and a man formerly known as Phra Ratcha Upa-senapon turned themselves in to CSD police later.

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Re: Hurt the image of Buddhism
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2018, 11:31:19 AM »

Monk, teens busted for eating meth

A Sattahip monk and two teenagers were arrested for getting high and carrying a gun onto temple grounds.

Najomtien Moo 1 village chief Supoj Inyam led police to a local temple where P, 22, Pa, 19, and a 15-year-old were taken into custody.

Fellow monks turned Prawit in to authorities after spotting the newly ordained monk inviting the teens into his dormitory room and using drugs.

Police recovered no narcotics, but did find drug paraphernalia in the room.

Prawit confessed that he’d only been a monk for about three weeks and had a drug habit. So he had the teens bring him crystal methamphetamine inside balls of sticky rice and the three of them ate it, rather than smoke it, to avoid detection.

Police said the 15-year-old also confessed to giving crystal meth-laced rice to monks as they collected alms.

Offline thaiga

Re: Hurt the image of Buddhism - by day a monk by night a temple raider
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2018, 06:38:58 PM »
Monk-Thief Alleged to Be Serial Temple Burglar

By day he was a Chiang Mai monk. By night, police said, Panupong was a serial temple raider, who stole 230,000 baht in his latest burglary.

The 26-year-old man was arrested Tuesday, two days after he allegedly broke into the abbot’s room at Wat Ban Pong to steal while the temple was hosting a religious event. He was caught in the act by a security camera.

Police said he confessed to stealing 230,000 baht from the temple, located in the northern province’s Hang Dong district, and had already spent about 170,000 baht to pay off debts. He said he fled to a temple in Lampang province and voluntarily left the monkhood.

According to police, Panupong spent most of his life in an orange robe since being ordained about 20 years ago. They also said he’d robbed many temples in Chiang Mai and Bangkok to fund more material pursuits including a car and mobile phones.

Angry community members turned out to a staged police “reenactment” of Panupong’s alleged crime on Wednesday and had to be restrained from assaulting him.

He’s accused of going temple to temple, asking to join their religious events – when collections run high – as a pretense to sneak in and steal money.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Chiang Mai abbot defrocked over sexual abuse charges

An abbot in Chiang Mai has been arrested and defrocked for allegedly sexually abusing “more than 10” boys at his temple in Hang Dong district.

37 year old, has now had his title reverted back to his lay name, following his arrest at Wat Sriwaree Sathan in Tambon Sob Mae Kha. The warrant was issued on October 11 after several boys and their parents filed complaints with Provincial Police Bureau 5.

The mothers of the boys had collaborated their stories following their sons approaching them individually. When the mothers met to discuss the issue they decided to go to police.

The former Abbot has been accused of buying sex from multiple boys under age 18, paying them in either cash or valuables.