CSD probe Nen Kham donations
The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) is gathering evidence to indict a controversial monk for fraud involving possible pocketing of donated money.
- Published: 3/07/2013 at 07:05 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
This replica of the Emerald Buddha is a landmark of Khantitham in Si Sa Ket province, whose abbot faces a money laundering probe involving donations to the forest monastry. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)
Pol Col Prasobchok Prommoon, the division deputy chief, said on Wednesday that the investigation is under way, but expected it would take some time before the agency gets enough solid evidence to bring charges against Luang Pu Nen Kham.
The probe of the financial affairs of the abbot of the Khanthitham forest monastery in Kanthararom district of Si Sa Ket province has been expanded to include allegations of secretly having wives, barred in the monkhood.
Songkran Atchariyasup, who runs a ''Facebook network against acts that destroy the nation, religion and monarchy'', handed over evidence against the monk to the CSD on Wednesday, and claimed that he had substantial information about misdeeds of the monk.
The Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) announced Tuesday it intends to freeze bank accounts of Nen Kham and his associates, because of suspcions that money had been swindled for their own benefit.
The monk went to Europe and has remained there since video clips and pictures showed him travelling on a private jet and helicopter, wearing expensive trendy accessories, going shopping in Paris, and sleeping with a woman.
Sukhum Wongprasit, one of his followers, on Wednesday urged the CSD to take action against those editing the clips on the monk and the woman. Mr Sukhum said the video was intentionally released to damage Nen Kham's reputation.
Phra Khru Wisutthiyan, chief of Si Sa Ket monks, has given Nen Kham until the end of this month to report to him, and to undergo an internal investigation that includes his disciplines. The monk chief said Luang Pu Nen Kham will be banned from the province if he ignores the order, and his case will be transferred to Ubon Ratchathani province.
Nen Kham has instructed his secretary to tell Phra Khru Wisutthiyan that he was on a "religious mission" in Europe and is unable to confirm the exact date of his return to Thailand.
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