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Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: July 06, 2019, 06:47:16 PM »

Wirapol Sukphol facing up to 20 years

Wirapol Sukphol, formerly known as Phra Nen Kham, has dropped his appeal in a fraud case after being convicted of both fraud and the rape of an underage girl.

The former monk agreed to rescind his appeal and is now facing up to 20 years in prison for the fraud conviction.

The Criminal Court on Aug 9 last year sentenced Wirapol to 114 years in prison for deceiving 29 people into donating to disaster relief projects and the construction of what he claimed would be the world's biggest Buddha image.

Instead, he used the money to buy a private jet and luxury automobiles.

The 114-year sentence includes an 87-year jail term for public fraud, three years for crimes committed through a computer and 24 years for money laundering.

However, the court capped his maximum jail term at 20 years, as required under Section 91 of the Criminal Code for multiple offences.

The court also ordered him to compensate the 29 complainants for their financial losses.

Wirapol was previously a monk at Wat Pa Khantitham in Kanthararom district, Si Sa Ket province.

In July 2017, prosecutors told the court that from Feb 17, 2009, to June 27, 2013, Wirapol had been telling people the deity Indra spoke to him in his dreams and asked him to build a Buddha image as well as sacred objects and temples.

Among those objects that he was asked to build were the world's largest Buddha image made from emerald imported from Italy, three sets of gold seasonal attire for the Buddha, 199 temple pillars each valued at 300,000 baht, as well as a gold image of himself and more temples in Ubon Ratchathani and Suphan Buri provinces.

He invited people to donate cash, gold and other assets to his projects. He had also claimed that he planned to buy boats from the US to help flood victims.

The ex-monk's illegally acquired money was also found circulating in his 23 bank accounts.

The Civil Court confiscated 43.47 million baht from Nen Kham as he was unable to explain the sources of his wealth.

Wirapol was also found guilty in October last year of repeatedly raping an underage girl over the course of nearly two years, and keeping her separated from her parents.

He had earlier fled to the United States when the Department of Special Investigation wanted to test his DNA during the investigation process.

The US allowed his extradition to Thailand in July 2017 and he has been in custody since then.

Bangkok Post
Posted by: thaiga
« on: August 09, 2018, 02:11:11 PM »

Jet-Setting Monk' Convicted, Gets 114 Years

A former monk who became a national pariah for his high-flying lifestyle was convicted of defrauding his followers Thursday and sentenced to more than a century in prison.

The Criminal Court found Wirapol Sukphol, formerly known as Luang Puu Nen Kham, guilty of 42 counts of fraud, money laundering and computer crimes for bamboozling more than 28 million baht from at least 29 people.

He was also ordered to repay all his victims. The court will rule in October on other counts against him relating to an alleged sexual assault of a minor.

According to the rulings, 39-year-old Wirapol used his prominence in the monkhood to trick people into donating money to non-existent construction projects in at least four provinces between 2009 and 2013 when he headed a monastery in Sisaket province. Among the whoppers sold were what he claimed would be the world’s biggest jade Buddha statue and another of him made entirely of gold.

The court said he then used the donations to splurge on goodies including 10 cars, among them a Porsche.

Wirapol’s fame as a magical monk followed by a throng of wealthy disciples came crashing down in 2013 when a series of pictures and videos of him emerged, such as images of him sporting Louis Vuitton shades and bags on a private plane and sleeping next to a woman.

Although his sentences add up to 114 years, statutory limits mean he will serve a maximum of 20 years for all the convictions.

He fled to the United States after being expelled from monkhood, but continued to wear his robes and founded a monastery in Southern California. He was extradited to face trial in Thailand in July 2017. Forty-three million baht worth of his assets were seized.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 21, 2017, 03:25:42 PM »

Civil Court orders 43 million baht of Nen Kham assets be turned over to the state

The Civil Court has ordered the seizure of assets from defrocked monk Nen Kham and 8 others totaling 43 million baht to the state, deeming the gains ill-gotten.

The Civil Court has ruled that the assets of Wiraphol Sukphol, the former monk widely known as Nen Kham, and 8 others, including a Porsche automobile worth 8 million baht and real estate in Ubon Ratchathani must be turned over to the state. A total 27 items were listed with a cumulative value of 43 million baht.

The court ruled that Wiraphol and the others, all monks, could not account for the origins of their wealth and likely used funds from defrauding the public for their purchases.

Wiraphol is currently being detained at Bangkok’s Central Prison after not requesting release on bond. He is pending trial for criminal offenses to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Posted by: sowhat
« on: July 20, 2017, 09:09:03 PM »

Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 18, 2017, 02:24:01 PM »

Well! well do we have a clear winner The Nation reports that Fugitive ex-monk Luang Pu Nenkham set to arrive in Bangkok. he declined to appeal, perhaps he misses Thailand  :(  I don't think the red b/s will have the same
intentions somehow.

Fugitive ex-monk Luang Pu Nenkham set to arrive in Bangkok
Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 17, 2017, 04:29:32 PM »

DSI team arrives in US today to escort extradited jet-setting monk back for trial

A 3-member team of the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) and the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) arrived in the United States Monday to escort a former notorious monk back for trial at home.

The team led by DSI director-general Pol Col Phaisit Wongmuang flew to the US after the Californian Court decided to hand over the former monk, Luang Pu Nen Kham, to Thai authorities to face charges of sexual assault of a minor, money laundering, and breaching of Computer Act.

Director-general of the OAG’s International Affairs Department Mr Amnart Chotechai said the team left yesterday and arrived today in the US.

The team is ready to escort the former monk, now Mr Wirapol Sukphol, 38, back.

But the attorney said it has yet to see if the former monk would appeal to higher court or not.

However in such case the Thai attorney team is ready to oppose the appeal, he said.

He said that in addition to the criminal offences the DSI has filed against him, the OAG also petitioned the Civil Court to seize  over 40-million baht assets which he and seven other accomplices owned from money laundering activities under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

The petition is now under the hearing process in the court, he said.

He said if the suspect is extradited and back at home,  the DSI will first question him and ask whether he will acknowledge the charges or deny.

The case will then go to the OAG for prosecution in the Criminal Court, he said.

Nen Kham was former founder of Wat Pa Kantitham forestry monastery in Sisaket province.

He first caught attention of authorities in 2013 after a video footage emerged of him travelling aboard a private jet, carrying a Louis Vuitton bag and wearing brand-name sunglasses. He was also shown lying on a luxury Mercedes Benz car at a residence in California. He also wrote a book “Never born again in next life” which drew strong criticism that he claimed to have achieved enlightenment.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 15, 2017, 05:45:45 PM »

Well there's a surprise, Jet-setting former monk now ordered extradited to Thailand although he isn't on thai soil yet. However it has to await if the fugitive monk would exercise his right to appeal the extradition. Red bull style

Jet-setting former monk now ordered extradited to Thailand

The Office of the Attorney-General is ready to form a team of attorneys to fly to the United States to escort the infamous former monk  Luang Pu Nen Kham back to Thailand to face charges after the US court has ordered him to be extradited upon request by the Thai authorities.

Amnart Chotechai, director-general of the International Affairs Department at the Office of the Attorney-General, said today (July 15) that the department has been notified of the US court’s verdict in California to extradite the former monk, now Mr Wirapol Sukphol.

He said the department was ready to fly to escort him back.

However it has to await if the fugitive monk would exercise his right to appeal the extradition.

The jet-setting former monk is wanted by the Department of Special Investigation on charges of sexual assault against a minor, money laundering, and breaching of Computer Crimes Act.

Nen Kham, who is a former head of a forest monastery Si Sa Ket province, first caught attention of authorities in 2013 after footage emerged of him travelling aboard a private jet, carrying a Louis Vuitton bag and wearing brand-name sunglasses. But as allegations against him emerged, he fled to France and then the United States.

He was arrested last year by US authorities upon request by the DSI three years after fleeing Thailand.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 23, 2016, 12:22:54 AM »

Fugitive Nen Kham held in custody of US officials

 Fugitive ex-monk Nen Kham Chattiko who is wanted in Thailand for multiple criminal charges, including manslaughter and money laundering, has been held in custody of US officials.

Department of Special Investigation chief Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang disclosed that he was informed of the arrest by US officials of the former head of Khantitham monastery also known as Veeraphol Sukphol on Friday.

He said that the DSI and the Office of the Attorney-General would coordinate with US officials through the Thai Interpol to have Nen Kham extradited to Thailand to face criminal charges.

However, the DSI chief noted that, in the extradition process, charges would have to be lodged against Nen Kham first by the US court for his acknowledgement after which the ex-monk had the right to defend himself against the charges.

In other words, he said it would time some time before Nen Kham would be extradited.

According to the DSI, there are five cases still pending against the ex-monk. These include sexual assault against a minor; using fake doctoral certificate from World Peace University; reckless driving causing death to an individual; money laundering concerning donations; drug addiction and claiming to have super natural powers.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: May 29, 2016, 02:00:45 PM »

We will get you one way or another - DSI warns fugitive jet setting monk

I see they haven't caught THE JET SETTING MONK yet (Wirapol Sukphol) an article in th. from Warns him that they are following his movements as he jet sets around the world.

Pics on social media show him living it up in Hawaii. Charges in connection with computer crime, fraud against the public, sex crimes and money laundering. They say wheels of justice are in motion. I believe it's been going on over 3 yrs now,

there's more here in th.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: October 01, 2015, 12:35:51 PM »

Extradition of 'refugee' monk up to US, DSI says

US officials have been asked to extradite fugitive jet-setting monk Wirapol Sukphol even though he claims to have been granted refugee status, deputy chief of the Department Special of Investigation said Wednesday.

full article: Bangkokpost
Posted by: thaiga
« on: September 30, 2015, 12:51:23 PM »

Jet-setting monk gets new life in US

Fugitive jet-setting monk Luang Pu Nen Kham claims he has officially received refugee status in the United States and will launch a new sect next year in California.

A video showed Mr Wirapol presiding over the laying of the cornerstone for the a pavilion at the Khanti Baramee forest monastery in Lake Elsinore, east of Los Angeles, on Sept 20. A religious ceremony also was held to celebrate his belated birthday two days earlier.

full article: Bangkokpost
Posted by: thaiga
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:56:21 PM »

A senior official at the Division of Special Investigation (DSI) expressed confidence that the fugitive ex-monk wanted by the DSI will not be granted asylum visa in the United States, where he is believed to be residing to avoid legal prosecution in Thailand.

Over the weekend, Khaosod has reported that the DSI failed to capture Mr. Wirapol Sukphol, the famous (now defrocked) monk also known as Luang Pu Nen Kham, at a temple in Laos.

Reports say the DSI is attempting to contact US immigration to prevent Mr. Wirapol from applying for an asylum visa in the US. Sources close to Mr. Wirapol indicate he may cite "religious persecution" as grounds for asylum.

The DSI is reportedly requesting cooperation from the Americans to extradite Mr. Wirapol back to Thailand.

DSI Senior Special Case Investigator, Mr. Angsuket Visuthvatanasak, denied the report that DSI agents were attempting to apprehend Mr. Wirapol in Laos, and said that his office had been busy with documents preparation to be submitted to the Attorney General.

"If our field agents were in Laos, I would have known" said Mr. Angsuket.

Nevertheless, he did acknowledge that Mr. Wirapol is currently in the US. According to Mr. Angsuket, once the attorney general filed lawsuit against Mr. Wirapol, the Thai Attorney General can then ask the US authorities to extradite the defrocked monk.

“I believe that the DSI has enough evidence to prosecute Mr. Wirapol” said the senior investigator, “Mr. Wirapol might attempt to ask for religious asylum, but I do not think he would be successful".

Meanwhile, Pol.Lt.Col.Songsak Raksaksakul, director of DSI’s Foreign Affairs Department, said that extradition process can progress once Thai Attorney General Office properly filed a case against Mr. Wirapol.

“The state attorney is inspecting the prosecution procedure against former Nen Kham, and the process is going smoothly” said Pol.Lt.Col.Songsak, “It is expected that soon the attorney will file the lawsuit against the man, before getting in touch with the United States Attorney General to extradite Mr. Wirapol.

According to the DSI’s Foreign Affairs director, after the US Attorney General received documents from Thai institution, they would pass the case to the American court before issuing an arrest warrant against Mr. Wirapol, in order to extradite him.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: September 16, 2013, 03:49:06 PM »

The attempt by the Thai police to arrest a controversial ex-monk in Laos ended when the fugitive made a dramatic escape from the besieging officers with his private helicopter.

The former monk, Mr. Wirapol Sukphol, is wanted by the Division of Special Investigation (DSI) for alleged financial fraud, computer crimes, and sexual assault of an underage woman.

He has been eluding the DSI ever since the controversy broke out; Mr. Wirapol is believed to have resided in France, the US, and he was last known to be taking an abode in Wat Phoo Khaokwai Temple near the capital city of Laos, where he reportedly resumed acting as a monk in spite of his excommunication from the Thai Buddhist authorities.

Source close to Mr. Wirapol, known formerly as Luang Puu Nen Kham, said a team of DSI agents had carried an arrest warrant to the temple in Vientiane, intent on apprehending the monk and bringing him back to face charges in Thailand.

However, reports say, local Laotian officials barred the DSI from entering the temple, arguing that the Thai agents had not carried a proper document permitting them to make an arrest within Laotian borders.

Reportedly, as 2 sides were negotiating just outside the temple, one of Mr. Wirapol′s disciples then flew a private helicopter owned by the ex-monk to pick up Mr. Wirapol and some of his close companions away. The DSI field agents could only look on helplessly.

Sources also revealed that Mr. Wirapol is currently hiding in a Laotian temple in Oklahoma, USA, and had received legal advices from an American lawyer.

According to the sources, the American lawyer is attempting to seek Mr. Wirapol an asylum visa to remain in the US on the ground of "religious persecution", which he will be protected from extradition to the kingdom.

It is not clear why the DSI agents were operating in Laos, or whether the Laotian officials had been informed of the arrest attempt.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ansukate Wisuthiwattanasak, DSI Security Crime Department Chief, said that Mr. Wirapol′s brother, Mr. Suri Sukphol, had confessed for falsely claiming that he was to responsible for Mr. Wirapol′s child, which he did on famous TV news programme, in order to protect his brother′s reputation.

The DSI said that they are hoping to meet with the US Immigration Office and Customs in the US at the end of this month, to bring Mr. Wirapol′s back to stand trials in Thailand.

There is no immediate comment from the US authorities on the matter.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:33:26 AM »

The younger brother of disgraced former monk Wirapol Sukphol has retracted his claim that he is the man seen lying beside a woman in a controversial photograph.

Suri Sukphol, accompanied by his lawyer, on Monday reported to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to provide a statement.

DSI senior special case investigator Angsuket Visuthvatanasak said Mr Suri had admitted to lying to help his brother, who is wanted on charges of violating the Computer Crimes Act, fraud and sexually assaulting a minor.

Mr Angsuket said Mr Suri now refused to confirm he was the person in the controversial photograph.

The official refused to provide further details of the testimony.

Mr Suri held a press conference in July to claim that he was the man in the picture, disputing media reports that it was in fact Mr Wirapol, then known as Luang Pu Nen Kham.

He said at the time he had stolen the former monk's car to pick up the woman and had travelled to a resort in Si Sa Ket to have sex with her. He said he had no idea who took the picture.

Mr Suri was summoned by the DSI to testify about his claim that he had a sexual relationship with a woman who said Mr Wirapol was the father of her 11-year-old son.

Suri: That's not me in the photo.

Posted by: Baby Farts
« on: September 10, 2013, 07:08:11 AM »

I was in the I.T plaza on Sunday.  I walked into this shop and saw 3-4 young monks purchasing expensive motherboards, processors, and video cards.  I wonder where these young lads get the money for stuff like that?  Furthermore, what the hell are they doing in there at two o'clock in the afternoon?  Aren't they supposed to be at the temple doing their monk stuff?  I don't get it.  What are they going to do with that expensive PC hardware they purchased?  I thought going into the monkery meant being stripped of materialistic things, at least according to my wife.  However she stated that these days they turn a blind eye to it.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: September 09, 2013, 08:27:38 PM »

The DSI said Monday that it has found additional hidden assets worth tens of millions of Baht allegedly belonging to jet-setting ex-monk Wirapol Sukphol or Luang Pu Nenkham in Tak.

The DSI’s Bureau of Security Crime deputy director Col Chatchanan Methithammaporn said his department was able to confirm the assets in Mae Sot district and it is extending the investigation in the belief that many more people were involved in the fraud.

He was speaking as Suri Sukphol, Wirapol's younger brother met with DSI investigators in the company. He reserved the right not to speak to the media at the press conference.

Chatchanan said they would question Suri about his involvement in the alleged public fraud. As for the child whose mother claimed that she had sexual relations with the ex-monk and Suri then claimed to have fathered, Chatchanan said DSI no longer required Suri because the investigators had found an alleged parental linkage between the child and the monk. The case was already in the court.

the nation
Posted by: thaiga
« on: August 20, 2013, 12:31:38 AM »

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is preparing to present legal briefs to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) in a bid to bring former monk Wirapol Sukphol back to Thailand for trial.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdit on Monday said details of the sexual assault charges against Mr Wirapol will be set out in a document to be sent to the OAG this week.

Mr Wirapol is wanted on an arrest warrant for sexual assault, but is also facing charges of violating the Computer Crimes Act and fraud.

The erstwhile monk's lawyer, Sukij Poonsrikasem, on Aug 6 contacted the DSI and said that his client would return home on Aug 8 to turn himself in.

Mr Sukij, however, later said the disgraced monk decided to delay his surrender because he has been sick and does not have enough money for bail, which was set at two million baht by the authority.

The wanted man was reported to be in Laos.

Mr Tarit on Monday said that if Mr Wirapol surrenders within the next seven days, then the DSI will still consider the three conditions that he proposed for giving himself up, which were previously mutually agreed.

But the condition that he be offered bail if he turns himself in has to be renegotiated, since the defrocked monk postponed his return, he said.

The DSI chief meanwhile put out a final call for Mr Wirapol's brother, Suri Sukphol, to report for questioning in relation to the sexual assault charge against the fugitive former monk.

This is Mr Suri's third and final summons. We cannot force the man to do a DNA test but we can force him to appear for an investigation. If he still does not comply then his action will be deemed as resisting a summons, said Mr Tarit.

The defrocked monk, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko, founded and was the abbot of Khantitham forest monastery in Si Sa Ket's Kanthararom district. He left the country earlier this year, but has not returned since his alleged crimes were unearthed.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: August 11, 2013, 12:02:29 PM »

Sukit Poonsrikasem, lawyer of fugitive ex-monk Wirapol Sukphol, insisted yesterday that Wirapol - reportedly staying in Laos at a temple 100km from the Laotian capital, Vientiane - would return to Thailand after Tuesday.

Sukit said the ex-monk, formerly known as Luang Pu Nenkham, was determined to meet the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), provided that he be granted temporary release during the investigation, as the agency had been fair in giving him time to surrender. Sukij said he would confirm the exact date of the ex-monk's surrender after Tuesday, so that officials could pick him up at an immigration police checkpoint.

An informed source reported that the ex-monk had managed to leave the United States in early August, despite his passport being revoked.

the nation
Posted by: thaiga
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:05:08 PM »

Wirapol Sukphol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko, will not return to Thailand on Thursday as previously announced because he is not feeling well and does not have enough money for bail, according to his lawyer Sukij Poonsrikasem.

Mr Sukij said on Tuesday that the defrocked monk would like to delay his surrender. Department of Special Investigation (DSI) director-general Tarit Pengdith has been informed of the postponement.

Mr Sukij said he had not been officially appointed as Mr Wirapol's lawyer, but just wanted to help the monk.

The disgraced former monk initially set three conditions for giving himself up on Aug 8, according to Mr Sukij.

He asked to surrender directly to Mr Tarit, and no one else, to be ensured justice in defending the charges against him, and to be guaranteed release on bail.

The DSI chief agreed that Mr Wirapol would be released on bail of two million baht, but said he must remain in Thailand and report to the DSI every 15 days and not interfere with witnesses and evidence, or disrupt investigators.

The lawyer said Mr Wirapol did not have enough assets to pay the sum set for his bail.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:08:07 PM »

Fugitive ex-monk Wirapol Sukphol is in Laos and is prepared to return home via Nong Khai, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdith said yesterday.

The ex-monk's legal team, led by Sukit Poonsrikasem, affirmed that Wirapol, who remains in robes, would turn himself in on Thursday.

Sukit said Wirapol, also known as Luang Pu Nenkham, would explain his case to the public and fight allegations - especially those that could result in his being disrobed.

He said the condition to surrender was for the DSI to allow him to be temporarily released, as he wants to handle many matters including the monastic centre's benefit management.

Sukit said the legal team would sue the ex-monk's reported key follower Sukhum Wongprasit, claiming he provided information that tarnished Wirapol's name and might affect the ongoing investigation.

Sukit insisted that Sukhum was not authorised by Wirapol to give information to the media.

He said the team would also file a libel suit against Songkran Atchariyasap, chairman of a group calling itself the "Facebook network against acts that destroy the nation, religion and the royal institution".

the nation
Posted by: thaiga
« on: August 05, 2013, 12:29:22 PM »

Wirapol Sukphol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham, has contacted the Department Special Investigation and offered to surrender to fight charges in Thailand on Aug 8, DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said on Monday.

Mr Tarit said a lawyer for the defroicked monk, Sukij Poonsrikasem, had contacted him with the surrender offer.

The disgraced former Luang Pu Nen Kham set three conditions for giving himself up. He asked to surrender directly to Mr Tarit only, to be ensured justice in defending the charges against him,  and to be released on bail.

Mr Tarit, citing the lawyer, said Mr Wirapol was now in a neighbouring country. He might return home by plane to Suvarnabhumi airport or by land through a border checkpoint which has not yet been specified.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:50:25 PM »

A monk, who was close to the scandal-hit former-monk Wirapol Sukphol, told Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officers yesterday that Wirapol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nenkham, was in the US still wearing his robes, and ready to fight cases against him in that country.

Phra Thakrit Kanthadhammo, who was Wirapol's spokesman, said the ex-monk wanted to return to Thailand, but since his passport had been revoked and the DSI had issued a warrant for his arrest, he would fight the allegations in the US. According to Phra Thakrit, Wirapol will ask a US court to rule on whether the DSI's arrest warrant is lawful, as the statuary rape charge was already more than 10 years old.

Phra Thakrit also insisted that Wirapol hadn't spent Bt10 million a day and didn't have over Bt40 million in bank accounts as accused. He said the allegations most likely stemmed from a misunderstanding about Wirapol's preaching to raise funds for the construction of a Roi Et hospital, which yielded Bt40 million in donations. All money went to the hospital's account, he said.

Thakrit said he didn't know about luxury car purchases by Wirapol, because he was only with the ex-monk for a year. He said the ex-monk had no private jet and the Louis Vuitton bag spotted on a video clip of the ex-monk's alleged jet-setting lifestyle only cost Bt200-300.

the nation
Posted by: thaiga
« on: August 02, 2013, 04:11:30 PM »

US law enforcers on Thursday met the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to discuss ways to return fugitive former monk Wirapol Sukphol to Thailand.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith and DSI investigators met Thailand-based representatives from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to discuss the case of Mr Wirapol, who is believed to be hiding in the US.

The fugitive ex-monk, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham, faces eight charges covering false advertising, statutory rape, tax evasion, drug use, false academic representation, manslaughter, money laundering and claiming to possess supernatural powers.

The DSI earlier notified ICE officers that Mr Wirapol was the subject of an arrest warrant and the US agency should review its approval of his entry.

Mr Tarit was confident the DSI would soon bring Mr Wirapol home to stand trial as it has received full cooperation from ICE. DSI investigator Angsuket Visutvatanasak said officers were investigating the ex-monk's assets, particularly his acquisition of more than 100 vehicles.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 30, 2013, 06:07:51 PM »

DSI checking claim followers bought insurance policies worth Bt500 million

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is probing money-laundering allegations after a contact suggested disciples of jet-setting ex-monk Wirapol Sukphol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nemkham, bought Bt500 million worth of savings insurance policies worth two years ago.

The policies were allegedly bought at various bank including a Bank of Ayudhya branch in Ubon Ratchathani.

DSI deputy chief Pol Colonel Yannapol Yungyuen said the agency was following a lead that some close followers of Wirapol bought insurance policies for themselves on various occasions - for amounts of Bt10-20 million or even Bt50 million, until they totalled some Bt500 million.

He said the DSI would check where the followers got the money to buy such expensive insurance policies and who was involved.

The DSI would summon bank employees as witnesses for information because there was an allegation that disciples were paid Bt160,000 in commission per Bt1-million insurance purchase.

Yannapol raised the question whether such policies were bought to embezzle money and avoid detection.

He said DSI officials were looking at a complaint to the the Police Central Investigation Bureau filed by Wirapol's disciple Sukhum Wongprasit for abuse of authority and warned that the DSI could counter-sue if the complaint was faulty.

Pol Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul, chief of the DSI’s office of foreign affairs and international criminal cases, said the DSI sent documents, including arrest warrants for Wirapol's alleged statutory rape and money-laundering, to US authorities so they can consider revoking Wirapol's visa. They expect a response by next week.

Pattanakit Meesa, manager of NS Speed Auto Sale and Service Co, yesterday submitted documents to DSI investigators about the sale of three cars worth a total of Bt40 million. Pattanakit, accompanied by a lawyer, said the company had seized the three cars - a Mercedes Benz Maybach (62S model), a BMW X6 car and a Porsche Cayenne - three years ago after the former monk failed to pay instalments on time.

He said Wirapol contacted the company to buy the cars himself while travelling to get medical treatment at Bangkok Hospital. He said Wirapol placed a Bt2-million down payment on the Mercedes Benz Maybach and promised to pay Bt1 million every month.

However, after paying eight installments he stopped and the company retrieved the car.

The other two cars were in a similar situation and the ex-monk co-operated as the company repossessed them.

He said the company had not sold any cars to him since.

the nation
Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 28, 2013, 01:36:27 PM »

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said yesterday that it suspected "two groups of Thais" had assisted elusive jet-setting ex-monk Wirapol Sukphol to flee the country.

The department also said it doubted that Wirapol would return to Thailand on July 31 to face the charges against him.

Pol Col Songsak Raksaksakul, chief of the DSI’s office of foreign affairs and international criminal cases, said US law enforcers were looking for Wirapol's exact location and an initial probe had discovered that two groups of Thais aided the ex-monk to escape.

DSI investigator Angsuket Wisutwattanasak said he personally believed Wirapol, aka Luang Pu Nenkham, would not turn himself in to the DSI on July 31. However, he said the DSI would still prepare for his possible return and ensure that alleged victims of fraud perpetrated by Wirapol were on hand to identify him.

The DSI investigator added that the DSI would also visit Ubon Ratchathani and Si Sa Ket provinces again next month to collect addition information from witnesses in the public fraud cases as well as other possible offences.

Angsuket also said the complaint filed with the Central Investigation Bureau by the ex-monk's key follower Sukhum Wongprasit accusing the DSI of abusing authority, would not affect the DSI's investigation into Wirapol as all investigations concerning the ex-monk had been carried out in accordance with the law. However, he added, that Sukhum had every right to file a complaint, if he believed the DSI was not doing its job.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 26, 2013, 10:54:16 PM »

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will summon the family and associates of defrocked monk Wirapol Sukphol for questioning on Wednesday.

Investigators plan to talk to the defrocked monk’s parents, Ratt Sukphol and Soodjai Sukphol, his brother, Suree Sukphol, and six of his eight disciples who recently returned from abroad.

It was me, not him, claims disgraced monk's brother
Mr Wirapol's family members will also undergo DNA tests to confirm the validity of a woman's claim that the former holy man had sex with her when she was a minor and fathered her son, said Pol Lt Col Pong-in Intharakhao, chief of DSI's national security division.

The former monk is believed to be in the United States but some of his associates say he is preparing to return to Thailand to deal with the claims against him.

In addition to standing accused of sexual misconduct, Mr Wirapol faces questioning over the whereabouts of hundreds of millions of baht raised from followers. A lot of the money went to finance an outrageously lavish lifestyle that included regular private jet travel and purchases of dozens of luxury cars.

Pol Lt Col Pong-in said a police investigation also showed that the so-called emerald Buddha at Pa Khanti Tham temple, where Mr Wirapol used to be the abbot, was actually made of limestone and marble.

The discovery contradicts the former disgraced monk's statement that he spent 150 million baht of donated money on emeralds used for the construction.

The DSI is tracking down the source of the construction materials used to build the statue and is trying determine its true value.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 26, 2013, 03:05:48 PM »

BANGKOK, July 26 – American ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney brushed aside a media question on whether the US government has revoked the visa of fugitive defrocked Thai Buddhist monk Wirapol Sukphon.
Ms Kenney merely said she did not discuss the issue during her meeting with Thai Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri yesterday.
The Thai consul general in the US has informed the Department of Special Investigation that it has submitted the case of Mr Wirapol, better for under his religious name as Luang Pu Nen Kham, to the American authorities, who were asked to revoke the ex-monk’s visa.
The consul general also confirmed that Mr Wirapol was not granted visas to enter European countries.
Ms Kenney, paying a courtesy call on Mr Chaikasem at the Justice Ministry, said the US is willing to cooperate with Thailand in continuing to develop justice procedures.
She also discussed with Mr Chaikasem solutions to human trafficking in Thailand – a long-standing problem which puts the kingdom on the US State Department’s Tier 2 Watch List.

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Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: July 24, 2013, 02:19:07 PM »

Controversial Monk
Brother says he, not Wirapol, was man in bed

Jet-setting former monk Wirapol Sukphol's younger brother yesterday told the media he was the person in the controversial picture that had been thought to be of Wirapol, better known then as Luang Pu Nenkham, lying alongside a woman.

Suri Sukphol, who was presented at the press conference by key follower Sukhum Wongprasit, claimed he was ordained as a novice at Wat Phukhao Kaew in Ubon Ratchathani and stayed with Wirapol.

He claimed he'd once stolen the ex-monk’s car to pick up the woman in the picture before taking her to a resort in Si Sa Ket to have sex, but he had no idea who took the picture. He said he felt bad for the ex-monk who was the victim of mudslinging. Suri said he was ready for any test to back his claim.

Meanwhile, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdit yesterday said the agency had sent an arrest warrant to US authorities to consider revoking Wirapol’s visa. He said the agency would also closely watch the movement by the ex-monk's followers, although their actions so far weren't yet within the frame of obstructing authority or tampering with evidence.

In Ubon Ratchathani, DSI’s Security Crime Bureau chief Pong-in Intarakhao interviewed a witness who claimed Wirapol stayed at tow garages in Warinchamrap district and once had a wrecked white Volvo car to repair - which was in line with previous accusations the former monk was involved in a car accident that killed a person.

DSI investigators also took for inspection three cars the ex-monk had donated to the Highway Police Division 6's fourth station.

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Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: July 23, 2013, 01:11:25 PM »

Monk cost me millions, Ubon car shop owner says

THE OWNER of a car-accessory shop in Ubon Ratchathani, questioned recently for allegedly providing 35 cars to Wirapol Sukphol, told the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) yesterday that he had been duped by the former monk - at a cost of millions of baht.

Suparat Wiriyaseubpong, of Saeng Charoen Sound and Motor Sport, said he suffered losses because the monk, now disrobed and a fugitive overseas, conned him into writing 10 cheques worth Bt5 million as instalments to Ubon Ratchathani Benz Centre on Wirapol's behalf. He said he also sent Bt4 million to pay for jewellery and donated Bt3 million for Vihara pillars and a Buddha image. He said he helped the monk because many important people respected him and he was also a good customer.

Suparat said he had been asking for his money back but the monk always avoided the issue. He said he had text messages as evidence to back his claim that he was a victim.

Some 17 vehicles in Suparat's name were seized on Saturday by the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) pending presentation of car-ownership documents.

The shop owner lamented that news of his ties to Wirapol, better known as Luang Pu Nenkham, affected his family's reputation and his business. He insisted that he had documents for the 17 vehicles seized, as well as the 35 cars he procured for Wirapol.

DSI Security Crime Bureau chief Pong-in Intarakhao said it was good that Suparat had revealed information to confirm he was a "damaged party". He said the DSI believed there were many people who had dealings with the monk but were afraid to reveal this for fear it would harm them.

He said the DSI was ready to listen to "victims" as it had with Suparat and give them security.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 22, 2013, 06:09:35 PM »

Defrocked monk Wirapol Sukphol will defintely return to Thailand on July 31, Vimutti Dhamma Buddhist group chairman Sukhum Wongprasitthi said on Monday.

"I've been contacting Mr Wirapol through various channels and he's still in the United States," Mr Sukhum said.

He said he had met six prominent lawyers who will represent Mr Wirapol in his passport revocation and extradition cases. One of them is a famous lawyer from Hollywood, he added.

Mr Sukhum said he would like all sides to stop distorting the truth, generating false evidence and taking advantage of the former monk.

"I ask all MPs from the opposition and the government to keep a close watch on officers handling Mr Wirapol's cases," he said.

Mr Sukhum is a follower of Mr Wirapol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham.

It is believed that Mr Wirapol left Paris for the United States earlier this month. The 34-year-old duisgraced former monk has not spoken to the media since a video clip of him and two other monks riding a private jet went viral on the internet last month.

Mr Wirapol is wanted on an arrested warrant on charges of violating the Computer Crimes Act, fraud and sexually assaulting a minor as well as unlawfully separating her from her parents.

His passport, issued on July 6, 2011, is now invalid.

Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: July 22, 2013, 03:03:46 PM »

Monks moved out as search goes on for Wirapol

The provincial monastic office in Si Sa Ket is checking whether property at Wat Pa Khanti Tham - founded by Wirapol Sukpol - has been moved away unlawfully, after it ordered that resident monks could not stay at the temple during the three-month Buddhist Lent that begins tomorrow.
The monks, disciples of Wirapol when he was known as Luang Pu Nenkham, have been invited to stay during the holiday at Wat Pa Sri Samran or other temples, said Phra Khru Thammathorn Khamkai, secretary to the Si Sa Ket monastic chief.

Originally there were 25 disciples at the temple but there are only six now. The office is deciding what to do with this group, some of whom insisted on staying at the temple during the holiday. Other temples could be chosen for them to live in during the three-month period, said the monk.

A source said the property may have been moved from Wat Pa Khanti Tham

at the order of Wirapol to hide it from the coming inspection by the Department of Special Investigation and the Anti Money-Laundering Office. A number of people who still have faith in Wirapol have also collected his statuettes or images.

A senior DSI agent, Phong-in Intharakhao, said Wirapol was likely to be still in the US. If not, he may be at other locations including Europe, as speculated publicly by DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith.

He said a lead that Wirapol donated a bus to the Thai Red Cross Society was being probed, as well as another lead about a house being built in Ubon Ratchathani for a woman said to be a mistress of the former monk.

Tarit said he was awaiting a decision by US authorities to revoke Wirapol's visa after the Foreign Minister cancelled his passport last Friday. The DSI, which took over the Wirapol case from police, has not decided on how to apprehend the former monk if or when his visa is revoked by the US, he added.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:48:40 PM »

Disgraced monk’s assets frozen; Wirapol given 30 days to verify

BANGKOK, July 22 – The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has seized 59 listed assets of fugitive defrocked monk Wirapol Sukphon and plans to confiscate 10 plots of land and 23 cars also listed in his name next week.
Thirapong Dulyavicharn, chief of AMLO’s asset seizure unit, said Mr Wirapol’s parents will be instructed to verify their possession of 10 plots of land in their home province of Ubon Ratchathani and 23 cars.
Several houses where Mr Wirapol’s parents and siblings live, the office of the temple’s foundation and warehouses where the cars are kept are located on the land in question, he said.
Mr Wirapol, widely known for his religious name, Luang Pu Nen Kham, was defrocked from the monkhood while on the run abroad.
The former monk himself, or his parents were given 30 days to verify the assets in question, Pol Lt Col Thirapong said, adding that AMLO has requested financial institutions to check Mr Wirapol’s financial status during the past several years.
AMLO’s next move is to submit the case to the Attorney General to file a lawsuit in the Civil Court, seeking to confiscate Wirapol’s assets, he said.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 21, 2013, 12:22:01 PM »

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will contact immigration authorities in 20 countries to seek the extradition of former monk Wirapol Sukpol - known as Luang Pu Nenkham - back to Thailand to face criminal charges, including statutory rape of a minor, DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith said yesterday.

With the Foreign Affairs Ministry revoking Wirapol's passport last Friday, Tarit said DSI Foreign Affairs and Trans-national Crime Bureau director Pol Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul would this week submit a letter seeking cooperation from immigration authorities overseas, particularly the United States, where the ex-monk is believed to be lying low.

Songsak said he would ask the US and European countries for help to locate Wirapol and send them copies of a warrant for the arrest of the ex-monk. He was confident of getting cooperation because Wirapol was wanted for at least three criminal charges - committing public fraud by publishing faulty information on the Net to raise donations, statutory rape of a minor, and taking a minor away from her parents/guardian.

Songsak said the case was different from that involving Winai La-ongsuwan, the former Phra Yantra, who was defrocked after claims he had sex with female followers and fled to the US. Winai at the time had not committed crimes that were universally liable for prosecution.

Meanwhile, Pol Lt-Colonel Kornwat Panprapakorn, chief DSI investigator for the Northeast, yesterday reported progress in the probe into Wirapol's cars.

He said the owner of a Mercedes Benz Maybach car, which Wirapol reportedly bought and used for a while before selling it back to the owner because he claimed he couldn't pay instalments, would testify to DSI investigators on July 24. Kornwat said the alleged action of buying a car just to resell it to the owner and then buy more new cars, sometimes up to six cars at a time, was suspicious. He said DSI would get information from car dealers in Ubon Ratchathani to further investigate such suspicious action.

In further news, Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) officials yesterday searched a car accessory shop in Ubon's Muang district, which reportedly supplied 35 cars to Wirapol and allegedly had transactions worth Bt30 million with the former monk.

AMLO also seized 17 vehicles held by shop owner Suparat Wiriyapong and urged him to show legal ownership documents.

In the afternoon the AMLO team went to Wat Pa Santitham in Kantharapirom district, where Wirapol was previously located. They then visited houses belonging to Wirapol's relatives' and seized 59 items, thought to be assets that were illegally obtained.

Some 15 monks and novices previously at Wat Pa Santitham have also left and reported to their supervising temples.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 18, 2013, 04:15:03 PM »

A man who claims to be the nephew of Wirapol Sukphol set fire to his own motorcycle in front of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Thursday in protest against the "persecution" of the defrocked monk.

Suphan Konhin, 23, who claims to be the nephew of Wirapol Sukphol, set fire to his own motorcycle in front of the Department of Special Investigation on Chaeng Wattana Road, Laksi, in protest against the 'persecution' of the defrocked monk. Security guards put out the fire, but the bike was destroyed.

The man, identified later as Suphan Konhin, 23, from tambon Klang of Ubon Ratchathani's Det Udom district, arrived at the DSI office about 11am to submit a letter calling for justice for Wirapol, who used to be known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko.

He claimed to be a nephew of the disgraced former monk who is now wanted under an arrest warrant obtained by the DSI.

DSI officials accepted the letter and asked him to leave, but Mr Suphan became annoyed.

He held up two signs reading "Luang Pu Nen Kham has been persecuted" and "Justice for Luang Pu Nen Kham", while parading around outside the DSI office.

After that he drove his motorcycle to the middle of Chaeng Wattana road, threw his crash helmet on the road in anger, and set fire to his motorcycle.

Security guards at a nearby booth put out the fire with extinguishers, but the bike was burned beyond repair.

The protest caused heavy traffic congestion on always busy Chaeng Wattana road.

Mr Suphan was arrested and sent to Thung Song Hong police station for questioning.

He declined to respond to questions from reporters.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 17, 2013, 02:44:24 PM »

The "world's largest Emerald Buddha image replica" at Si Sa Ket's Wat Pa Khanthitham was found yesterday it was not made of jade.

Disrobed monk Wirapol Sukpol, better known as Luang Pu Nenkham, claimed the green concrete figurine was made of Indian jade. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officials found this during their gathering of evidence for public fraud charges against Wirapol.

Meanwhile, Wirapol has 30 days to appeal in person against the Si Sa Ket monastic council's ruling to oust him from monkhood for reportedly having a sexual relationship with a woman - otherwise the judgement would be final, Office of National Buddhism chief Nopparat Benjawatananun said yesterday.

He insisted Wirapol's claim to be transferred to the supervision of an overseas temple would still leave him an unsupervised monk because temples overseas were not under Thai law or the Buddhist Order Act.

Songkran Atchariyasap, who heads the "Facebook network against acts that destroy the nation, religion and the royal institution" yesterday submitted Wirapol's brochures to raise money donations to the Anti-Money Laundering Office to investigate financial transactions and fraudulent activities by Wirapol's network.

He said the network comprised more than 20 people including businessmen and a former national politician.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 16, 2013, 03:39:46 PM »

B40m suit filed against Wirapol

The woman who claims defrocked monk Wirapol Sukphol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham, fathered her 11-year-old son on Tuesday filed suit in the Si Sa Ket Youth and Family Court, asking that the disgraced monk be acknowleged as the boy's father and that he be ordered to pay 40 million baht in back-dated child maintenance.

She was accompanied to the court by lawyer Somchart Wongtarathorn and her son.

The lawyer said if the boy is accepted as Mr Wirapol's legal son he would have rights over his father's assets or an inheritance.

The lawsuit  asks the court to order Mr Wirapol to pay child maintenance of two million baht per year for 20 years, from his birth until he is 20 years old.

The high figure is based on Mr Wirapol's reported financial status.  The court will decide on a proper amount, he said.

Because the demand for child maintenance is so high, the court fee could be as high as 800,000 baht, he said. The court has been asked to exempt the court fee for the plaintiff, who is poor and cannot afford to pay it, Mr Somchart said.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 16, 2013, 11:42:39 AM »

Wirapol could face money-laundering charges, DSI says

Wirapol Sukpol, better known as Luang Pu Nenkham, has reportedly almost emptied his 41 bank accounts by withdrawing up to Bt300 million. He has allegedly only left a total of about Bt3 million in his accounts.

Meanwhile, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has said a warrant for the arrest of the former monk will be issued tomorrow and officials will look into all donations to see if money laundering has been going on.

Narong Rattananugul, adviser to the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), said investigators from his office as well as those from the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) had asked banks at which Wirapol opened his 41 accounts, to report on all transactions in retrospect.

They will also check the former monk's relations with major donors to see if the money was handed over for merit-making purposes. It was initially reported that the 41 accounts now only have about Bt3 million - down from about Bt300 million. So, officials would investigate the transfers and try to retrieve the missing funds, he said.

Later yesterday, AMLO deputy chief Saowanee Sawaengpol said the agency could not yet confirm if the money in Wirapol's accounts had indeed been withdrawn. AMLO is due to hold a meeting on the issue on Friday.

But Saowanee confirmed that if the money has been hidden from the authorities, then the ex-monk could face money-laundering charges and the cash would be confiscated, if was deemed to have come from fraudulent activities. She said AMLO planned to contact the United States' Financial Intelligence Unit to help seize the ex-monk's assets there.

DSI's Security Crime Bureau chief Pong-in Intarakhao said inquiries into the ex-monk's transactions showed that Khantitham Kaona Co Ltd, which sold amulets, and some of his foundations were reportedly used as "transit points" before money went into his personal accounts.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said he ordered investigators to conduct an in-depth study of all cash and gold donated to the former monk and to compare it with donation receipts used to get a tax waiver from the Revenue Department.

Besides getting an arrest warrant for rape and other charges, the DSI wants to freeze Wirapol's bank accounts and seize 70 cars. It will also call on immigration authorities in the US and Europe and have his visas revoked.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:25:11 PM »

Warrant sought for Wirapol's arrest

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will apply to the court on Wednesday for an arrest warrant for disgraced former monk Wirapol Sukphol, previously known as Luang Pu Nen Kham.

This was decided at a meeting on Monday of investigators handling the case, DSI secretary-general Tarit Pengdith said after the meeting.

The arrest warrant will be sought for Mr Wirapol's alleged offences under Section 14 of the Computer Crimes Act, using a website to deceive the public, and for having sex with a girl who was only 14 years old.

The girl, now a grown woman, lodged a complaint with the DSI on Sunday. She said Mr Wirapol - who is believed to now be in the United States of America - fathered her 11-year-old son.

The underage sex charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail, which is recognised internationally. This would make it easy to extradite the unfrocked monk back to Thailand, he said.

The National Buddhism Office would be asked to seek the revocation of Mr Wirapol's Thai passport. The DSI would directly coordinate with the United States and countries in Europe to have his visas cancelled.

The DSI would also freeze 41 bank accounts known to be held by Mr Wirapol, ask the Land Department to freeze all land  owned in his name, and send a letter to the Land Transport Department requesting a freeze on all cars bought in the former monk's name throughout the country.

The Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) would be asked to freeze Mr Wirapol's non-bank assets.

On Thursday, July 18, the DSI would apply to the Youth and Family Court of Si Sa Ket province for an order that the 11-year-old boy said to have been fathered by Mr Wirapol be accepted as his legal son with the right to receive financial support from him.

Since Mr Wirapol's mother refused to let the authorities take a sample of her DNA, to prove that the 11-year-old boy is his son, the DSI would seek a court order requiring her cooperation, Mr Tarit said.

These steps would be taken by the DSI this week, he said.

The DSI chief asked that people who have been damaged by Mr Wirapol's actions provide information about the former monk's other assets, or come forward and offer to be witnesses in the case against him.

The DSI has set up a hotline, number 090-123-1230, for people to supply information in this case, Mr Tarit said.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 15, 2013, 12:03:40 PM »

he failed to give financial support for his child as he had promised. Like he was hard up :uhm

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will directly ask US authorities to cancel the visa for the notorious Luang Pu Nenkham, who officially lost his status as a monk on Saturday. Luang Pu Nenkham is believed to be in the United States.

The DSI is investigating his many alleged wrongdoings, including statutory rape of a minor and public fraud.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith yesterday said his agency was coordinating with various authorities in a bid to bring the former monk to justice.

At 10am today, DSI investigators will convene a meeting to prepare for the issuance of an arrest warrant for Luang Pu Nenkham.

The Office of National Buddhism has asked the centre controlling the overseas travel of monks and novice monks to consider cancelling Luang Pu Nenkham's passport. The centre is due to look into the case today.

Phra Prommawethi, who chairs the centre's board, said yesterday his centre would only be able to offer an opinion on the case, as the mandate to revoke a passport lay with the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

"After we form the opinion, we will submit it to the Office of National Buddhism. Then, the office should be able to raise the issue with the ministry and see what can be done," the senior monk said.

Phra Prommawethi is the abbot of Wat Traimitr Withayaram and a member of the Supreme Sangha Council.

In the wake of the scandal, Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University president Prachoom Pongpan said the university's council would consider revoking the honorary doctorate it had earlier approved for Luang Pu Nenkham.

"The council will convene a meeting to discuss and decide on the issue on July 26." He said the council conferred the degree on the then famous monk in 2010.

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Posted by: sicho
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:42:17 AM »

What on earth was the grandmother thinking about? She should be on a charge herself.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 14, 2013, 11:29:25 PM »

A woman who claimed defrocked monk Wirapol Sukphol had sex with her when she was a minor and fathered her son lodged an underage sex complaint Sunday with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

Virod Chaipannana, director of the Office of Buddhism in Si Sa Ket, took the woman whose name was withheld to file the complaint against Mr Wirapol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham.

The woman's grandmother, Prasert Wiwekwang, kamnan of tambon Pho in Si Sa Ket's Muang district, and Natthakit Kongraksa, acting chief of Tambon Pho Administration Organisation gave witness accounts.
The woman said she had sex with the former monk when she was 13 and 14. She denied allegations raised by Mr Wirapol's associates that she actually had a sexual relationship with the former monk's brother.

The 84-year-old grandmother said she had taken her granddaughter to Mr Wirapol in front of her school and another place called Bon Kai where the then monk picked her up in his car. Mr Wirapol sometimes wore casual clothes when meeting her granddaughter.
The grandmother said Mr Wirapol normally picked up her granddaughter between 5pm and 6pm and dropped her back at about 4am. She said this went on over a period of several years.

She said she sent her granddaughter to the then monk because he promised to take care of the girl. Mr Wirapol sometimes visited her granddaughter during her pregnancy, but he failed to give financial support for his child as he had promised, the grandmother added.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said the witnesses' accounts matched the evidence. He said the DSI had also found 16 more vehicles belonging to Mr Wirapol that were allegedly involved in tax evasion.

The recent finding has brought the number of Mr Wirapol's vehicles to more than 70,  Mr Tarit said. More than 100 cars are believed to be owned by Mr Wirapol, he said.

Mr Tarit said authorities in the United States will be contacted to cancel the former monk's visa.

The DSI will hold a meeting today to consider an arrest warrant, he said.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 14, 2013, 12:48:03 PM »

Si Sa Ket monastic authorities say 'Luang Pu Nenkham' defrocked

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will today consider whether to seek a warrant for the arrest of the jet-setting former monk known as Luang Pu Nenkham for alleged statutory rape and money laundering.

A warrant could lead to the extradition of the monk - also known as Phra Wirapol Sukpol - who is believed to be living in the United States and has refused to return to Thailand as long as there is "no justice" for him.

The DSI move came after Si Sa Ket's monastic authorities yesterday announced that Luang Pu Nenkham was no longer a monk.

A monastic disciplinary-probe team met at Wat Pa Sri Samran in the province yesterday. After the meeting, the Si Sa Ket monastic chief's secretary Phra Khru Wacharasitthikhun said the team considered information from the DSI and the Office of National Buddhism, as well as the case of a woman who had revealed an alleged sexual relationship with Luang Pu Nenkham. It was agreed at the meeting that he would be expelled from the monkhood. Phra Khru Wacharasitthikhun said the officials could proceed with legal action against the monk.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said the agency was considering seeking an arrest warrant for statutory rape, as the woman who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Luang Pu Nenkham from the time she was 14 until they had a child together would officially file a compliant with the DSI.

Retrieval of allegedly embezzled assets could be a lengthy task because many had been moved, Tarit said. But he said the department would try to retrieve as many as possible.

Tarit said the DSI would also contact related agencies regarding procedures to extradite the monk back to Thailand, pointing out that other countries gave importance to child-molestation and money-laundering cases.

Pol Lt-Colonel Korrawat Panprapakorn, director of the DSI's Bureau of Regional Operations Centre, said investigators tracing the monk's car purchases suspected he had bought at least 100 vehicles. The DSI would try to retrieve them all and summon those involved in the purchases to give information.

DSI Security Crime Bureau chief Pong-in Intarakhao said at least three senior monks had contacted the DSI to return cars given to them by the former monk as they felt uneasy about them.

DNA test

In regard to the DNA test on the boy said to be the monk's son, Central Institute of Forensic Science chief Anek Yomjinda said the institute was still waiting for DNA samples from the monk to compare with samples taken from the boy and his mother. Anek said the lab couldn't use DNA samples of the monk's half-brother because the two men had a different father.

Early yesterday, National Buddhism chief Nopparat Benjawatananun said the office would tomorrow report to acting Dhammayut order head Somdej Phra Wannarat on a decision by the Ubon Ratchathani monastic chief and Wat Tai Phrachao Yai Ong Teu abbot to expel Luang Pu Nenkham from the temple's supervision.

Nopparat also said the Centre for Monks and Novices' Foreign Travel Control would urge the Foreign Ministry to revoke the ex-monk's passport on the same day.

Nopparat said he had ordered National Buddhism provincial branches to check if more than 10 branches of Luang Pu Nenkham's "Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma" were legally established or had engaged in illegitimate transactions.

In related news, Fine Arts Office 11 Ubon Ratchathani chief Khajorn Mukmeekha said the results of checks into the materials used in the monk's construction of an Emerald Buddha image replica project would come out in one week. He also submitted a report of the office's findings to Fine Arts Department chief Sahawat Naenna stating that at least eight Emerald Buddha image replicas of three sizes were to be made and reportedly displayed with alms bowls to collect donations.

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Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: July 14, 2013, 12:45:23 PM »

'Luang Pu Nen Kham' disrobed for deviancy

The life of Phra Wirapol Sukphol in the monkhood finally came to an end on Saturday after monks in Si Sa Ket province decided to defrock him over his sexual affairs.

The decision was reached in a 40-minute meeting at Wat Pa Sri Samran in Muang district, which is the provincial ecclesiastical office.

A photo on his website shows the former Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko at his California home. The ex-monk is believed to be in the United States, although it now is the subject of several legal cases in Thailand.

The meeting of senior monks focused on evidence involving allegations of sexual misconduct by the disgraced former monk. They based their decision on evidence supplied by the Department of Special Investigation and the Office of Buddhism in Si Sa Ket.

All evidence clearly showed his misdeeds, leading to the panel's decision to disrobe him, said Phra Khru Siriwinaiwat, who chairs a panel probing former Phra Wirapol, better known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko.

The decision took immediate effect, he said.

For weeks the public has been riveted by tales of the former monk's outrageously lavish lifestyle, private jet travel and shopping sprees said to have included dozens of cars.

The former monk faced accusations of fathering an 11-year-old boy and having sexual relations with women while he was in the monkhood.

The ruling in Si Sa Ket was made in absentia as the former monk is believed to be in the United States after leaving France. He ignored orders to return to defend himself as controversies mounted one after another.

The monks in Si Sa Ket got involved in the case as his Khantitham forest monastery is located in Kanthararom district of the northeastern province.

"He should be called Mr Wirapol Sukphol from now," said Amnart Buasiri, deputy director of the National Office of Buddhism.

Wirapol can appeal against the decision to the monk in charge of his region, and if he is not satisfied, his last resort is the Sangha Supreme Council, the official explained.

The former monk was ordained in 1999 at Wat Pa Don That in Pibul Mangsahan district of neighbouring Ubon Ratchathani province before building his empire at the forest monastery.

Though he was only 34 years old, he called himself "Luang Pu" by adding his ages in previous lives.

Phra Khru Watcharasitthikun, secretary to the chief monk of Si Sa Ket's Dhammayut sect, said leading monks in the province would decide later on the future of the forest monastery. He hinted that it could be properly registered as a temple.

The monastery also has more than 10 branches in other provinces, according to Nopparat Benjawatananun, director of the National Office of Buddhism. On Saturday he ordered the provincial offices where they are located to check whether they were illegally set up.

The former Phra Wirapol's decision not to register Khantitham as a temple kept the Si Sa Ket monks from looking into its activities, including its financial transactions.

Phra Ratchadhammakosol, chief of the Ubon Ratchathani monks, signed an order on Saturday to kick Wirapol out of the province after he defied an order to return to Thailand to fight charges of misbehaviour including drugs, money laundering and sexual affairs.

The former monk or his associates could not be reached for comment.

His followers had rallied for justice for the monk at several agencies but Mr Nopparat said their call was not justified as they did not have any documents proving that they were acting on his behalf.

The former monk has been implicated on eight criminal counts by the DSI.

They are false advertising to the public by claiming that he had had an audience with the deity Indra; alleged rape of a minor; tax avoidance on luxury cars; illicit drug taking; using fake educational certification; reckless driving; money laundering; and claims about supernatural powers.

The controversies came to light after images of the former monk living a life of luxury, including travelling in a private jet, were posted on social media networks.

The DSI is compiling evidence to petition US authorities to revoke Wirapol's visa so that he could be sent back to face legal action in Thailand.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 13, 2013, 11:35:36 AM »

Luang Pu Nenkham dismissed a threat by Thai monastic authorities to expel him and claimed Buddhist temples in France and Germany were ready to take him in.

He said he would return to Thailand on July 31 with "bigger greatness", key follower Sukhum Wongprasit said yesterday.

The Office of National Buddhism chief Nopparat Benjawatananun warned, however, that such a move was impractical and would still end up with the monk lacking authority or being unsupervised, because temples overseas weren't under Thai law or the Buddhist Order Act.

A transfer of supervision needed permission from the previous supervisor as well as an official letter from the new supervising temple, he said.

Sukhum yesterday submitted a request for justice to the Supreme Patriarch's Secretary's Office at Wat Bovornniwet but it was turned down on grounds that he didn't make an appointment and he wasn't a "damaged party". He also lacked a proper letter to show he had permission to act on the monk's behalf.

So Sukhum gave the letter to Wat Bovornniwet abbot assistant Phra Thepsarnvethi, who said he would present it to Acting Dhammayut order head, Somdej Phra Wannarat, although there is a procedure in the Sangha chain of command to handle such issues.

Sukhum requested that the Ubon Ratchathani monastic committee extend its deadline for Luang Pu Nenkham to report himself be postponed to July 31. Sukhum also urged Ubon Ratchathani monastic chief and the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to consider a recent confession by the monk's younger brother, identified only as Suri, who they say is the man in the photograph picture, which people previously speculated was the monk and a female.

He said Suri, who ordained at the same temple, had left the monkshood a few years ago. He also urged that the DNA test result - key evidence in moves to disrobe the monk before facing criminal charges - should meet international standard.

Sukhum, who said he was in "constant contact via Line and Facebook" with the monk, said the monk would return on July 31 "with bigger greatness" and the threat by a temple at Ubon Ratchathani to expel him was not a worry, because Buddhist temples in France and Germany were ready to take him in. He said he would reveal details of his contact with the monk on Monday. Sukhum is linked to the World Peace University, which is also under investigation.

The DSI yesterday submitted a report of alleged criminal violations by the monk to senior monks at a temple in Ubon Ratchathani who are considering whether to expel him. They include a DNA test on the monk's alleged son (results of which are due today).

Phra Rajathamkosol, abbot of Wat Tai Phrachao Yai Ong Teu, said the DSI should handle criminal allegations while his side handles the monk's violations of Sangha rules. He expected the monk would be expelled by midnight last night.

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Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: July 12, 2013, 01:42:35 PM »

CSD probe on Phra Wirapol continues

The Crime Suppression Division is continuing to gather evidence for legal action against Phra Wirapol Sukphol, or Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko, even though the Department of Special Investigation has taken charge of the case.

Pol Col Worawut Kunakasem, CSD's 3rd Sub-Division chief, said police investigators had questioned some of the witnesses including a woman who donated land to Phra Wirapol, and a woman who claimed to have had sexual relations with the monk.

The investigators had interviewed Phra Raj Thirachan, the abbot of Wat Manee Vararam and the Ubon Ratchathani monastic chief, to find out which temple Phra Wirapol belonged to.

The Ubon Ratchathani monastic chief said if by tomorrow, July 12, Phra Wirapol had not explained the allegations against him he would notify Wat Tai Phrachaoyai Ong Tue, the temple where the controversial monk was originally ordained, to consider stripping him of his robes and inform him officially.

Pol Col Worawut said the CSD was also investigating gold said to have been donated to Phra Worapol after learning that it had been put in the care of many gold shops in Ubon Ratchathani and nearby provinces.

The CSD and the Anti-Money Laundering Office are trying to identify the donors, the exact quantity of the gold, and the gold shops involved in order to freeze it.

The CSD also wants to invite seven highway police officers for questioning. They were said to have provided conveniences for Phra Wirapol in his trips to various locations to perform religious duties.

Concerning this matter, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdit said although the DSI is now in charge of the case the CSD could still continue to perform its duties since the process of handing over responsibility has not been completed.

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Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: July 12, 2013, 01:37:32 PM »

DSI informed of 35 additional luxury cars belonging to Nen Kham

BANGKOK, 11 July 2013 (NNT) - The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has discovered 35 additional luxury cars in Ubon Ratchathani province said to belong to embattled jet-setting monk, widely known as Luang Pu Nen Kham.

A car accessorizing company in Ubon Ratchathani recently contacted the DSI to give information on a new batch of luxury cars owned by Nen Kham. The company indicated that the monk had brought in a total of 35 cars of various brands for service while presenting invoices to the department as evidence. However, the cars, which were still bearing red plates, have already been picked up.

The DSI said it will launch a probe into the matter and search for the whereabouts of the vehicles.

The department earlier found that the monk had purchased 22 Mercedes-Benz cars which came at a hefty price of 95 million baht between 2009 and 2011. As a result of the latest finding, the number of luxury cars under Nen Kham’s possession amounts to 57, estimated to be worth over 124 million baht in total.

The monk is believed to have made his fortune out of donations from temple-goers. He is currently facing several charges, including false advertisement, money laundering, sexual abuse and manslaughter in a car accident.

Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: July 12, 2013, 01:24:32 PM »


Another 35 cars bought under his name

DSI gets DNA sample from monk's half brother for comparison test with his alleged 11-year-old son

Department of Special Investigation (DSI) investigators yesterday managed to get a DNA sample from Luang Pu Nenkham's half brother, while further investigation found that the monk had bought a total of 35 cars in Ubon Ratchathani.

These cars are in addition to the 22 luxury cars the monk allegedly bought.

Meanwhile, the woman who claims to have had a sexual relationship with the monk since she was 14 was led to a Si Sa Ket court yesterday by lawyer Somchai Wongthanathorn to file a criminal lawsuit. In the lawsuit, the monk faces four charges, including statutory rape of a minor and taking a minor from the care of her parents. The woman also alleges that Luang Pu Nenkham is the father of her 11-year-old son.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said his agency would look to see who the monk, also known as Phra Weerapol Sukpol, had given the 35 cars to. The cars were purchased under Phra Weerapol's name. As to whether those who took the cars would be considered wrongdoers, Tarit said it depends very much on their intention. If these cars were accepted for simple monastic use, then the investigators would ensure the recipients don't get wrongly punished.

As for comparing DNA results to prove if the 11-year-old boy is indeed the monk's son, Tarit said the agency couldn't wait to get the results.

Tarit went on to say that he had also asked the DSI Bureau of Foreign Affairs and Transnational Crime to see if the monk can be extradited from the United States. Luang Pu Nenkham allegedly flew into the US earlier this week.

He added that the related five agencies could not issue an arrest warrant for the monk while he was still in saffron robes as this case could not be considered an emergency. However, he said, the DSI has set a deadline for the Si Sa Ket monastic chief to make a decision on whether or not to take away Luang Pu Nenkham's monastic status.

In related news, Athitaya Prakij, who had donated a 15-rai plot in Tak's Mae Sot district to the monk to set up the 88th branch of Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma, changed her mind on Tuesday and decided to donate the land to the National Office of Buddhism instead. The transfer was made in front of the Tak monastic chief, Mae Sot monastic chief and community leaders.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:15:08 PM »

After discovering that Luang Pu Nenkham Chattigo, who also goes by the moniker Phra Weerapol Sukpol, spent Bt95 million to buy 22 Mercedes Benz cars, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will also investigate to see if the monk was part of a money-laundering racket.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said investigators had learned that between the years of 2008 and 2011, the monk had purchased 22 luxury cars in cash, of which 21 of them were in his own name. The 22nd car, worth Bt7.59 million, was bought under the name of his disciple Pansaeng Chumang.

The DSI yesterday also conducted a DNA test on an 11-year-old boy in Si Sa Ket, who is believed to be the monk's son. Luang Pu Nenkham allegedly had a sexual relationship with the young boy's mother when she was only 14. The result of the test should be ready in two days.

The DSI has also tried contacting the monk's parents for DNA samples, and said if they did not cooperate, the agency will seek help from court. A DSI senior official said the agency will ensure justice for all sides.

Tarit said that according to the Central Institute of Forensic Science, the photograph depicting Luang Pu Nenkham lying next to a person believed to be a woman, had not been doctored. However, the institute is unable to confirm the other person's sex.

Saying Wat Or Noi abbot Luang Pu Buddha Issara would submit "confidential" information about the monk to DSI today, Tarit warned the monk's followers not to tamper with evidence or threaten witnesses or they could be charged for obstructing the authority.

According to the website, Luang Pu Nenkham and his three companions had left France for the United States yesterday. The Foreign Ministry also said yesterday that they had not been asked to help locate the monk.

National Buddhism Office chief Nopparat Benjawatananun said if the report was true, they could contact US authorities for the monk's extradition. The office is also working on revoking the monk's passport.

the nation
Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 10, 2013, 12:26:07 PM »

Tarit to file petition with supreme council, seeks to cancel passport

The Department of Special Investigation is pushing for the termination of Luang Pu Nenkham's status as a monk and the cancellation of his passport.

"We will officially ask the Supreme Sangha Council and the National Office of Buddhism to do this," DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said yesterday.

He was speaking after his agency decided to take over the case against Luang Pu Nenkham, abbot of Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma in Si Sa Ket.

The controversial monk has remained in France since the scandal involving him emerged last month.

Tarit said the cancellation of Luang Pu Nenkham's passport would mean the French authorities would have to deport him.

He will also write to Supreme Sangha Council secretary Nopparat Benjawatananun, who is also head of the National Office of Buddhism, requesting the termination of Luang Pu Nenkham's status as a monk.

Nopparat said the process to terminating his monastic status could be completed within two days.

"The National Office of Buddhism will also be asked to contact the Foreign Ministry to arrange the revocation of his passport," Tarit added.

The DSI chief said Luang Pu Nenkham would face legal action for eight alleged offences, including the spread of false information in a way that caused damage to the public and having a sexual relationship with a minor.

"He has clearly violated Article 14 of the Computer Crime Act by claiming to have met Indra, and that the god had instructed him to build a big Emerald Buddha," Tarit said, referring to the online assertion by the monk that has attracted donations for the casting of the statue.

On the monk's alleged sexual relationship with a girl, he said the DSI and other officials would today conduct DNA tests on an 11-year-old boy whose mother claims Luang Pu Nenkham is his father, as well as the controversial monk's parents.

"We should have the DNA test results within 24 hours."

He said that DSI would also investigate Luang Pu Nenkham's alleged involvement in drug trafficking, money laundering and the ownership of vehicles linked to tax-evasion scams.

Tarit said his department would ask the Anti-Money Laundering Office to freeze the monk's assets, including his bank accounts.

Meanwhile, the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) received evidence yesterday that Luang Pu Nenkham had often travelled to the town of Mae Sot, on the border with Myanmar. "We will investigate to see if he is also involved in drug trafficking," ONCB chief Pol General Pongsapat Pongcharoen said.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:20:40 PM »

Jet-setter still safe despite DSI investigative report accusing him of fathering child with minor

Senior monks have decided not to terminate Luang Pu Nenkham's status as a Buddhist monk until additional evidence is provided.

Luang Pu Nenkham is accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor and fathering a child. If this can be proved, he will be forced to give up his saffron robes and face legal action because the girl was only 15 at the time of the alleged relationship.

Senior monks in Si Sa Ket yesterday convened a meeting to discuss the evidence gathered by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

The DSI submitted its report to the Si Sa Ket monastic chief on Sunday because Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma, where Luang Pu Nenkham serves as an abbot, is located in that province.

Phra Khru Watcharasittikhun, secretary to the Si Sa Ket monastic chief, said yesterday that the senior monks had looked into the report and have decided to wait for more evidence before making any decisions.

"We will request more information from the DSI," he said.

Weera Daosee, an academic at the Si Sa Ket Buddhism Office, suggested that it would take DNA results or the monk's confession to warrant the termination of Luang Pu Nenkham's monkhood.

According to Weera, the monk has yet to be proven guilty.

Luang Pu Nenkham has been at the centre of much negative publicity after a video clip of him enjoying a ride on a private jet and carrying a luxury bag, caught the media spotlight.

Several people have since come forward to file allegations against him, though he has yet to show up or respond.

DSI senior official Pol Lt-Colonel Pong-in Intarakhao said yesterday that there was enough evidence to prove that Luang Pu Nenkham had been sexually involved with a 15-year-old girl.

"We will forward our investigation to the local police so they can take further action," he said.

He added that DSI officials would also arrange DNA tests for the girl who said she was sexually involved with Luang Pu Nenkham, and for her son.

"We will also look into his financial status and transactions," Pong-in said, adding that it is believed the monk was engaged in shady businesses given that he seems to own several luxury vehicles.

Pong-in said the DSI would also summon the pilot who provided some hints about the monk's suspicious behaviour, such as carrying huge sums of foreign currency.

"The DSI will work with relevant authorities in solving this case," he said.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Election Commission has recommended that the Election Commission ask the Bangkok city clerk to consider taking action against Sukhum Wongprasit, one of Luang Pu Nenkham's followers. Sukhum may be charged with perjury and deceiving voters by claiming that he was a PhD holder during his gubernatorial campaign.

The Education Ministry has never certified the World Peace University, which granted him the honorary doctorate

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 08, 2013, 01:54:09 PM »

Luang Pu Nen Kham: His secret life of debauchery

The hidden life of super luxury led by embattled monk Phra Wirapol Sukphol, better known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko, has been exposed by a pilot who used to find private jet rentals for the holy man.

A message, claimed to be written by Bangkok Aviation Centre founder and CEO Piya Tregalnon, revealing the jet-setting monk's unusual wealth has been shared widely on social networks.

Caught on film: The monk with a wad of US $100 bills (each worth about 3,000 baht), one of the acts that led Wg Cdr Piya Tregalnon to post photos and condemnation of Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko on his Facebook page.

Wing Commander Piya Sunday confirmed he posted the message on his Facebook page.

"I have been wondering for three years why the monk has such large amounts of money and assets. He is not even a very famous monk," he said.

"When he came into the spotlight, I decide to speak out as I think his wealth is suspicious."

The Facebook post dates back three years ago, when Wg Cdr Piya was asked to find a seven-seat private jet for the monk to travel back and forth between Bangkok and Ubon Ratchathani.

The monk always paid in cash — about 300,000 baht for each rental, Wg Cdr Piya said.

The monk also showed interest in buying his own private jet, which can cost 500-700 million baht for a new plane and at least 100 million baht for a second-hand craft.

The monk often travelled in a super luxury Maybach-brand car and boasted that he had a Mercedes-Benz S500, a BMW X6 and a Mini Cooper just for driving inside the temple compound. He also claimed to have a yacht, Wg Cdr Piya said.

The monk also showed bundles of US$100 (3,129 baht) banknotes fully packed in his kitbag and claimed he also had gold bars inside, he said.

He showed two chequebooks of US banks with his name printed on every cheque.

The monk said he could withdraw more than $10 million for each cheque because he had a lot of money deposited in the banks, Wg Cdr Piya said.

He said he distanced himself from Luang Pu Nen Kham after the monk asked him to buy a private jet in the US. The monk also used to ask the pilot to carry his kitbag when he passed immigration checkpoints.

"I am not afraid of being charged at all after revealing this issue. I wrote what I had seen with my own eyes. I do not want to see a person who exploited Buddhists' faith to obtain money to remain at large," the pilot said.

Meanwhile, a former close aide of Phra Wirapol told the Department of Special Investigation Sunday the monk had drunk alcohol, taken illicit drugs and had sex with many teenage girls.

Pol Lt Col Pong-in Intarakhao, chief of the agency's Security Crime Bureau, Sunday led a team of DSI investigators to interrogate witnesses in Si Sa Ket province.

One of the witnesses, who was a former close aide of the monk, told the DSI the monk had brought his luxury cars to be repaired at his garage in Ubon Ratchathani.

The monk also used the garage as a venue for drinking alcohol, viewing porn videos, taking drugs, and having sexual affairs with many young women, Pol Lt Col Pong-in said after interrogating the 56-year-old witness for about one hour.

The monk is under investigation by the DSI for allegedly having intimate relationships with several women, with one of them claiming he had fathered her child.

The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) will ask the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) to investigate the sources of money and assets belonging to the monk.

The division will tomorrow share information regarding the monk's finances with the ONCB secretary-general, deputy CSD chief Prasopchok Prommul said.

Pol Col Prasopchok Sunday led a team of CSD police to search the house of the monk's parents in Ubon Ratchathani's Phibun Mangsahan district.

However, Rath Sukphol and his wife Sudjai, the monk's parents, did not allow the search.

A source said the house was worth about 100 million baht.

The CSD team later went to search the monk's Santitham Baramee monastery, covering 28 rai in the same district. but could not enter as the gate was locked.

Caught on film: Wing Commander Piya Tregalnon  posted this photo of himself with Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko during a charter flight.  bangkokpost
Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 07, 2013, 02:06:30 PM »

Charges of statutory rape could bring 20-year jail sentence

Embattled monk Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko could face 20 years in jail after being accused of having sex with an underage girl, according to the Department of Special Investigation.

He is likely to be defrocked in absentia as the DSI had found clear evidence of his intimate relationship with one of eight women.

The DSI on Sunday will conclude its probe into the alleged intimate relationship between the monk and a woman who claims the monk had fathered her child, said the agency’s Security Crime Bureau chief Pong-in Intarakhao.

The woman, who lives in Si Sa Ket, told the DSI she was approached by the monk, who is also known as Phra Wirapol Sukphol, when she was studying in Mathayom 2 Grade 8 and only 14 years old, said Pol Lt Col Pong-in. She was living with her grandmother at the time.

The woman alleged that Phra Wirapol had offered to give her valuable items if she agreed to be his girlfriend. She and the monk later had sexual relations.

After she became pregnant, the monk took her to stay in Warin Chamrap district of Ubon Ratchathani where he rented a house for her. The monk had asked her grandmother to stay with her to take care of her baby boy. The child is now 11 years old.

Pol Col Pong-in said the DSI would speed up its interrogation of seven witnesses who had learned about the monk’s intimate affairs with the woman.

The witnesses include a kamnan and local administration officials.

The DSI would forward the findings to the Si Sa Ket provincial chief monk and the Ubon Ratchathani chief monk for them to defrock Phra Wirapol.

The DSI will seek the extradition of the controversial monk, who is currently visiting France, if he fails to return to Thailand by July 31.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said the monk’s alleged affair with the woman when she was 14 was a serious crime and she would be placed under witness protection.

He will present the details to a DSI meeting by month’s end.

Mr Tarit wants the case treated as a special investigation as it affected the religion and the public’s faith.

Phra Wirapol came to media attention after a video clip of him on a private jet began circulating last month.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 06, 2013, 11:58:10 AM »

More illegal luxury assets allegedly belonging to jet-setting monk Luang Pu Nenkham have been unearthed in a joint investigation led by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Office of National Buddhism (ONB).

The assets comprise several luxury cars, including a Rolls Royce and a Ferrari - and a large amount of cash stashed in 41 separate bank accounts.

ONB director Noppharat Benjawatthananant warned that Luang Pu Nenkham would be considered guilty, if he failed to return to Thailand by the end of the month.

Despite taking a vow of celibacy, Luang Pu Nenkham is also alleged to have had as many as seven lovers and to have fathered a number of children with them.

In addition, news reports have alleged that up to Bt200 million in donations has been uncovered in bank accounts belonging to his charity.

Luang Pu Nenkham, whose real name is Weeraphol Sukphol, was scheduled to return to Thailand on June 20, after the ONB approved his request to go on a month-long trip overseas.

Noppharat reiterated that under ONB regulations, any money donated to monks who have already been ordained must be spent on policies declared to the general public. He added that it was forbidden for monks to own any property other than what they had before being ordained.

DSI Pol Lt-Colonel Phongin Intharakhao said a woman had also made rape allegations against the monk in December 2010.

As per the DSI list, the monk's alleged assets include two luxury homes - one in Ubon Ratchathani and the other in Si Sa Ket; 13 vehicles, including a Rolls Royce, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Hummer, Toyota Camry, four pick-up trucks and four motorcycles.

the nation

Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 04, 2013, 01:10:47 PM »

Activist lodges complaint against jet-setting monk with Crime Suppression Division

An activist yesterday lodged a complaint against controversial monk Luang Pu Nenkham and his alleged accomplices accusing them of deceiving the public.
Songkran Achariyasap, who chairs a network that monitors activities considered detrimental to Thailand, religion or the monarchy, directly contacted the Crime Suppression Division.

He pointed out that a replica of the Emerald Buddha Temple cast on the order of the controversial monk was very likely made of a resinstone powder mixture, not jade as advertised.

Songkran said he had asked experts from the Fine Arts Department to examine the statue before deciding to raise the allegation.

"I have received many tipoffs against Luang Pu Nenkham," he added.

Questions about the monk's conduct emerged after a video clip showing him with a luxury bag in a private jet received media coverage.

"I don't think he should still be called a monk," Songkran said

The monk headed to France last month after he became the subject of scandal. He has not yet returned to Thailand despite a summons by a monastic chief.

The monk's followers in Si Sa Ket, where his temple, "Wat Pa Santitham", is located, yesterday denied that the monk had gone on the run.

"He just needs time to consult lawyers and determine how best to protect Buddhism," said Sukhum Wongprasit, one of his followers.

Sukhum also threatened to lodge a complaint against anyone who tried to defame Luang Pu Nenkham.

The AntiMoney Laundering Office has disclosed that more than Bt200 million in cash flowed through 16 bank accounts held by Luang Pu Nenkham, people in his close circle, and a firm associated with him during the past two years.

the nation
Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:11:53 PM »

Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 03, 2013, 06:40:35 PM »

OH yeah - hmm err i was just testing ;D
Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: July 03, 2013, 04:43:48 PM »

The headline says 2M per day and the sub head says 20M

2M at each of 10 accounts are 20M in total. A lot of money! :o
Posted by: thaiga
« on: July 03, 2013, 12:40:03 PM »

The headline says 2M per day and the sub head says 20M

The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has found 10 bank accounts under the name of Luang Pu Nenkham, who calls himself the abbot of Si Sa Ket's "Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma" monastery, as well as records of transactions totalling up to Bt20 million per day.

Suwanee Sawaengpol, AMLO deputy chief, yesterday pointed out that these bank accounts were being monitored for fraud and hence, any further transactions could result in the monk facing money-laundering charges.

Suwanee said investigation showed that more than Bt2 million moved from each of the accounts every day and, under law, the bank was required to notify AMLO of these transactions.

The agency is confident that it has enough evidence against the monk and his network of disciples and that they can be prosecuted under charges of violating the law and public fraud, she said.

AMLO officials will visit the monastery next week to gather witnesses and the agency will also seek approval for full asset investigation against the monk and his network from the Transaction Committee on July 17, she added.

Meanwhile Ubon Ratchathani's Wat Tai Phrachaoyai Ong Teu abbot Phra Rajathamkosol said the temple where Luang Pu Nenkham or Phra Weerapol Sukpol was ordained had set up a panel to look into the monk's activities and if he is found guilty of abusing his vows, he will be expelled.

In related news, the Si Sa Ket Buddhism Office reported that a fact-finding panel was set up to look into all allegations, including the monk's penchant for luxurious products and women, donations, building a Buddha image replica without permission as well as illegally building a monastery and its branches.

The committee had initially agreed to set up a disciplinary probe in which the monk, who still living abroad, would be required to testify in person.

the nation
Posted by: thaiga
« on: June 27, 2013, 12:15:55 PM »

Yesterday, Luang Pu Nenkham Chattigo, the head abbot of Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma, canceled plans to attend a Buddhist ritual held at his temple from June 27 to 30.

The monk, who has faced vociferous complaints about his materialistic lifestyle, assigned his fellow, Luang Pu Khao, to attend the ceremony on his behalf. Luang Pu Khao told Spring News that Luang Pu Nenkham planned to stay in France and had no date planned for his return to Thailand.

After a video caught Luang Pu Nenkham on a private jet, wearing Ray-Ban Aviators and sporting a Louis-Vuitton bag, allegations have come to light implicating him in a multitude of suspicious activities.

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Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: June 26, 2013, 02:37:09 PM »

Monk set up 201 centres 'illegally'

A controversial Si Sa Ket monk appears to have set up a vast number of unauthorised centres around the country and overseas, the National Office of Buddhism chief Nopparat Benjawatt-ananan said yesterday.
The monk, who calls himself "Luang Pu Nenkham", was originally called "Phra Wirapol Sukphol", from a temple in Ubon Ratchathani - Wat Tai Phrachaoyai Ong Teu. His name appeared under a centre that supervises Buddhist monks travelling overseas (

The agency's probe found the monk had set up 201 "monasteries"without proper authority. So, the office plans to probe further and take legal action.

"He also claimed to have received over eight tonnes of gold for the replica." That were roughly $320m, nit noi!
The monk came to public attention after a video was posted showing him in a private jet. Now, more YouTube clips have been found - and drawn further criticism, for claiming he has supernatural power. In a sermon at the laying of a foundation of a Vihara to enshrine a replica of the Emerald Buddha at Wat Pa Khantitham in April 2011, he claimed to have contact with supernatural beings. He also claimed to have received over eight tonnes of gold for the replica. (=$319m)

Department of Fine Arts chief Sahawat Naenna said it had sent a letter urging the monk to apply for permission to build the replica, as the Emerald Buddha was first on a list of 61 key Buddha images and permission was required to do that.

Meanwhile, the Facebook "Net-work Against Acts that Destroy King-dom, Religion and Monarchy" urged the Anti Money Laundering Office to probe the assets of Luang Pu Nen-kham network.

If the monk's assets are thought to be suspect, the network's chairman Songkran Atchariyasap urged an immediate freeze on all transactions. He said the group would also file a request to the Crime Suppression Police tomorrow for a similar probe.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: June 26, 2013, 12:56:24 PM »

The controversial monk who had been much criticized by the public for his luxurious lifestyle and shady financial background has appeared on an advertisement endorsing a brand of air purifier, a revelation that would likely attract further scrutiny to the monk.

Scandals surrounding Luang Pu Nen Kam Chattiko surfaced when he was filmed riding on private jet plane and sporting brand name bag. Soon, it emerged that the monk has been cultivating a network of fervent and wealthy supporters who had donated hundreds of millions of baht to his monastery.

Few years ago, he also started gathering donations for construction of what he called the biggest Emerald Buddha in the world, an enormous statue made of jade. The project is said to cost over 150 million baht and is under final stage of decoration.

Recently it surfaced that he might also serve as a product endorser. In the 6 minute long video on Youtube titled "Experience of Luang Pu Nen Kam Chattiko", the monk could be seen recommending the air purifier manufactured by Thaiunovus company to his spiritual followers. He said the device made the air in his monk residence very fresh and helped keep him in good health.

At one point, Luang Pu Nen Kam even pointed out that the purifier comes with exquisite wooden controller panel "like the one in the Rolls Royce my followers have donated to me". He urged the faithful to donate the air purifiers made by the company to monks around the country because "donating clean air [processed by the machine] to monks is similar to donating medicine to monks".


Posted by: thaiga
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:07:40 PM »

AMLO asked to probe monk's assets

The Facebook network against acts that destroy kingdom, religion and monarchy, on Tuesday urged the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) to probe the assets of Si Sa Ket monastery monk Luang Pu Nenkham.
The monk has recently been at the centre of a lot of negative publicity after a video clip of him on board a private jet, sporting brandname sunglasses and a Louis Vuitton bag went viral.

The monk however remained abroad hence didn't explain himself yet.

Submitting the request to AMLO deputy chief Suwanee Sawaengpol, the network chairman Songkran Atchariyasap urged the agency to probe and announce the result to the public. If the monk was guilty, the agency should freeze all transactions immediately because there might be some beneficiary parties that are influential persons. He said group would also file a similar request for probe to the Crime Suppression Police on Thursday.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: June 23, 2013, 12:59:02 PM »

Woman Says She's Threatened By Followers Of Controversial Monk

The woman who owned the land where the controversial wealthy monk has built his monastery says she is now being threatened by his spiritual followers after she told the press she might recall the land rights because she is disillusioned with the monk′s behavior.

Previously, Ms. Lon Manas, 68, a resident of Sisaket province, has told the reporters that she donated the land to Luang Pu Nen Kam Chattiko around 10 years ago, on the condition that Luang Pu Nen Kam would build a temple and register it properly with the Office of National Buddhism (ONAB). However, the temple remains a privately-operated one, and not under jurisdiction of the Buddhist authorities.

She had said yesterday (21 June) she initially donated the land because she wanted to make good karma and insisted that the temple be registered properly out of fear that an unregistered one will become breeding ground for financial corruption.

Now, she fears that it is exactly what′s happening, given the news about Luang Pu′s display of immense wealth that has been reported on the media recently, so she expressed her intention to have the land taken back from Luang Pu Nen Kam and given to some other monk for construction of a properly registered temple.

After the interview was published by many news agencies, including the daily edition of Khaosod, a group of spiritual followers of the monk vehemently denied the story. One of them is Mr. Pattaradech Sopanpanich, a businessman, who went on a popular talk show on Channel 3 and alleged that the report published by Khaosod a is fabricated one.

Mr. Pattaradech has told the talk show host Mr. Sorayut Sutasanachinda that the reporters pressed the matter on Ms. Lon and invented the story themselves.

Today, Ms. Lon told our correspondent that she has received phone calls from many supporters of Luang Pu Nen Kam - who is believed to command a considerable following among some businessmen and police officers - threatening her that she might be abducted or even killed for telling the media about the plan to evict the monk.

According to Ms. Lon, a woman who claimed to be a supporter of Luang Pu Nen Kam also appeared at her residence and shouting insults at her. The woman also reportedly told Ms. Lon to recant her story in front of the press, but she refused to do so. Ms. Lon said her family eventually told the woman to leave the house.

Pol.Col. Phuchong Wanna, commissioner of local police, said he has dispatched some police officers to protect Ms. Lon from any other potential intruder.

At the press conference in Pathumthani province, a group of Luang Pu Nen Kam′s supporters denied the allegation that they have intimidated Ms. Lon. Ms. Naruedee Piraroj, representative of the group, said she was the one who visited Ms. Lon at her house. According to Ms. Naruedee, she was there to ask Ms. Lon whether she had talked to the reporters about her intention to evict Luang Pu from the land.

"She told me she did not, so I beg her to clarify the story, but she told me she is feeling ill so she cannot talk to the press right. I left shortly after that. I did not intimidate her in any way," Ms. Naruedee insisted.

Mr. Virord Chaipannana, director of ONAB′s chapter in Sisaket, said that he believed Ms. Lon could take the matter to the court if she feels that the land she donated to the monk was not being used in the manner both parties have initially agreed.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: June 21, 2013, 11:27:01 AM »

Followers of Luang Pu Nenkham yesterday denied all allegations against him, following the emergence of a video clip, which showed the monk on board a private jet sporting brand-name sunglasses and a Louis Vuitton bag.

Also circulated was a picture allegedly showing him lying next to a woman.

"The picture is doctored," said Pattaradej Sopongpanich yesterday, a follower of Luang Pu Nenkham.

He also said there was also nothing wrong with Luang Pu Nenkham riding in a private-jet ride, given that someone else had arranged the trip for him.

"He was invited to carry out rites in Phuket - that's why he was on the jet," said Pattaradej.

Luang Pu Nenkham had the expensive bag, said Pattaradej, because followers had given it to him.

Commenting on the huge donations Luang Pu Nenkham had received, Pattaradej said the board of Wat Pa Khantitham - where the monk serves as abbot - had kept records of all the donations and how they had been put to use.

"The donations are used for good causes - like helping people in need," he said.

Pattaradej added that Luang Pu Nengkham did not wish to respond to the allegations, but felt compelled to clear up any misunderstanding.

Meanwhile, Si Sa Ket Buddhism Office's director Virod Chaiyaphannana said he was verbally instructed to investigate all financial transactions to and from Wat Pa Khantitham.

"I will see what can be done in line with the law," he said.

Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: June 20, 2013, 12:38:36 PM »

The National Office of Buddhism insists monks boarding a private jet, wearing sunglasses and using luxury items is not a serious breach of monastic rules, but it is inappropriate.

Jet-setting monk 'can't be found'

Facebook updates show that Luang Pu Nenkham, who recently got a lot of negative publicity, had participated in praying rites in France on Tuesday.
However, Wirod Chaiyapan-nana, director of the Si Sa Ket Buddhism Office, said yesterday the monk could not be contacted. "We will have to summon him."

Questions about Luang Pu Nenkham emerged last week after a video clip showing him on a private jet went viral on the Net.

Later, the public also found the image of a man resembling this monk lying next to a woman.

According to Wirod, the Phu Khao Kaeo Temple in Ubon Ratchathani has denied that this monk had ordained there. The temple was cited in the monk's website,

Meanwhile, a monk at the well-known Wat Pa Ban Tad, which embraces the Kammathan practice, said Luang Pu Nenkham was not a follower as he claims. Luang Pu Nenkham also claims to be the abbot of Wat Pa Khantit-tham.

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Posted by: thaiga
« on: June 19, 2013, 05:17:46 PM »

BANGKOK, June 19, 2013 (AFP) -
Thai police said Wednesday they had arrested two monks for procuring a 14-year-old boy to perform sexual acts with an abbot, in the latest scandal to shake the kingdom's Buddhist clergy.

The pair, who deny any knowledge of the alleged abuse, could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted, Police Colonel Wirachon Bunthawi told AFP from the northern city of Chiang Mai.

"The abbot is still at the temple and we're waiting for an arrest warrant for him," Wirachon said.

 Based on the accounts of the victim and a driver, the two monks -- aged 20 and 23 -- are alleged to have taken the boy to see the abbot at the temple in Chiang Dao district in the Chiang Mai Province several times since February, police said.

 The case comes in the wake of recent controversy in the Buddhist-dominated nation over footage posted on YouTube of three monks flying in a private jet, wearing earphones and sunglasses and travelling with a Louis Vuitton bag.

 The video prompted debate over monks' adherence to austere principles which include living without possessions, beyond a handful of robes.

 Thailand's Buddhist clergy has been hit by a series of scandals involving monks, with local media reporting cases of drug-taking, drinking, gambling and visiting prostitutes.

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From the bangkokpost

Monks 'pimped boy' for senior monk

Chiang Mai police on Wednesday detained two monks accused of luring a 14-year-old boy into performing sexual acts with a famous monk in Chiang Mai province.

Pol-Col Veerachon Boontawee, of Muang Chiang Mai police station, named the two suspects as Bandit Boonkhum, 23, and Saranyaphat Rungruang, 20.

The two men denied all charges and refused to leave the monkhood. They were later freed on bail of 200,000 baht each.

The parents of the 14-year-old boy told police that the two monks lured their son into having sex with a senior monk in Chiang Mai's Chiang Dao district.

Pol-Col Veerachon said investigators had prepared a case and obtained a court arrest warrant for the senior monk.

However, when they raided the temple the senior monk had already fled. He was not named.


Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: June 18, 2013, 01:12:53 PM »

Luang Phi Namfon told reporters yesterday he admitted possessing an old Jaguar donated by a follower who owned a Thai restaurant in the United States.

The car was imported from the US in parts and it was assembled in Thailand. Tax of more than 1.5 million baht had been paid on the purchase.

Now which of the two: donated or purchased? :-[
Posted by: thaiga
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:20:05 PM »

The National Office of Buddhism insists monks boarding a private jet, wearing sunglasses and using luxury items is not a serious breach of monastic rules, but it is inappropriate.

Office director Nopparat Benjawattananan said Monday it was not wrong for monks to fly on a private jet, as seen in a recent YouTube video, since the jet did not belong to them, but was donated.

Their conduct was not tantamount to breaching monastic rules and they would not be defrocked, he said.

The office had earlier warned the monks against acting inappropriately while staying in the monkhood.

He made his remarks in response to a recent YouTube clip featuring three monks travelling on a private jet.

In the video, the monks are wearing earphones and sunglasses and a Louis Vuitton bag can be seen next to one of them.

Mr Nopparat said he had received complaints about monks flying on private jets since late last year and had asked a panel to look into the complaints.

It was said that one of the monks in the clip is Luang Pu Nen Khum, the abbot of Wat Pa Khantitham in Kanthararom district of Si Sa Ket.

The temple staff told reporters that the abbot is visiting France for a month for Buddhism activities.

Meanwhile, another monk, Phra Kru Palad Sitthiwat, better known as Luang Phi Namfon, is known to be on a Department of Special Investigation list for possession of luxury cars.

However, Mr Nopparat said Luang Phi Namfon, who is the abbot at Wat Pailom in Nakhon Pathom, is not the type of person to be fond of using luxurious items. His office had looked into the matter and found the monk had received those cars from his followers. Most donated cars were old and modified ones, he said.

The monk had repaired the vehicles and kept them at his temple. Some cars were sold and the money went to the temple, he said.

"Luang Phi Namfon admits he possesses one luxury car, but not for his own use. The vehicle is on display at the temple," said Mr Nopparat.

He also asked why followers of the monks had not donated more suitable cars to them.

Luang Phi Namfon told reporters yesterday he admitted possessing an old Jaguar donated by a follower who owned a Thai restaurant in the United States.

The car was imported from the US in parts and it was assembled in Thailand. Tax of more than 1.5 million baht had been paid on the purchase.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: June 17, 2013, 01:31:56 PM »

The National Office of Buddhism has received many complaints about monks riding in luxurious cars and using brand-name items even as they are supposed to live a life of restraint and simplicity.

Nopparat Benjawatananun, director-general of the National Office of Buddhism, said on Sunday that many people have complained about seeing monks living a lavish lifestyle, which is in contrast to the basic anti-materialistic teachings of the religion.

Recently, a video clip of three Buddhist monks riding in a private jet was uploaded to YouTube video-sharing website. In the video, the monks were wearing brand-name ear phones and sunglasses and a Louis Vuitton bag can be seen next to one of them.

"I've instructed officials to keep a close eye on the monks and if they're found to violate Buddhist teachings they'll be punished accordingly," Mr Nopparat said.!

He said there were also complaints about monks in many renowned temples in Thailand collecting luxurious cars and using expensive items.

Even if the monks said the cars were given to them by their pupils, it was still not appropriate for them to own dozens of sports cars in their temples, he said.

"There are also monks who do not teach Buddhism correctly because they focus more on black magic and try to commercialise religious activities in order to build faith. The pupils of these monks are famous celebrities.

"I cannot tell you which temples or who the monks are but the National Office of Buddhism has verbally warned them," Mr Nopparat said