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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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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.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


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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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.

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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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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.

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

BANGKOK, July 22 â€" 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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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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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.

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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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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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BANGKOK, July 26 â€" 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 â€" a long-standing problem which puts the kingdom on the US State Department’s Tier 2 Watch List.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Baby Farts

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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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