Disgraced monk at risk of defrocking
DSI to collect DNA of Wirapol's alleged son
- Published: 9/07/2013 at 12:24 AM
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Disgraced monk Phra Wirapol Sukphol should be retroactively defrocked for allegedly having sex with an underage girl more than 10 years ago, Si Sa Ket provincial chief monk Phra Khru Wisutthiyan says.
Crime Suppression Division police inspect a building in a three-rai compound allegedly owned by Phra Wirapol Sukphol, or Luang Pu Nen Kham, at Ban Sai Mun in Ubon Ratchathani's Phibun Mangsahan district for evidence of irregularities involving the embattled monk. (Photo by Dusit Singkeeree)
The embattled monk, widely known as Luang Pu Nen Kham, "must know what he did and must come to meet a monk committee" set up to investigate his alleged sexual affairs, he said.
If the allegations brought by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) are proved to be true, Phra Wirapol will be retroactively defrocked, Phra Khru Wisuttiyan said.
This would be effective from the date of the first incidence of Phra Wirapol having sex while a monk, he said.
National Office of Buddhism deputy director Kanok Seanprasert confirmed Phra Wirapol was ordained in 1999.
DSI Security Crime Bureau chief Pong-in Intarakhao said there is clear evidence Phra Wirapol violated criminal law by having sex with a girl aged under 15 years old.
The DSI will ask police to act against him, Pol Lt Col Pong-in said.
The photo that tipped the scales for many: Luang Pu Nen Kham toys with a stack of US $100 bills while flying on his private jet.
The girl, who lives in Si Sa Ket, claimed Phra Wirapol fathered her child when she was 14. Her son is now 11 years old.
Phra Wirapol, 34, who is currently in France, has been in the headlines since the release last month of video clips showing him travelling in a private jet and helicopter and wearing expensive brand-name accessories. He has also been accused of having sex with women and teenagers, in addition to the underage girl.
His allegedly illicit behaviour has prompted senior monks and authorities to launch probes into the accusations.
The DSI will lead authorities on Tuesday to look for further evidence in Ubon Ratchathani, the home province of Phra Wirapol, and Si Sa Ket's Kanthararom district where his Khantitham monastery is located. They will also look at DNA samples from the girl and her son.
Meanwhile, the Crime Suppression Division, also on Tuesday, will apply for a search warrant from Ubon Ratchathani court to examine Phra Wirapol's assets at his parents' home, the monastery and his Khantitham foundation office.
Authorities suspect the monk might have illegally acquired money and assets.
The Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) last week decided to ban Phra Wirapol and his associates from transferring assets after finding 10 bank accounts owned by the monk and his associates involved daily monetary transactions worth about 200 million baht.
Businessmen in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces are believed to be behind the transactions, said Songkran Atchariyasup, an activist who run a "Facebook network against acts that destroy the nation, religion and the monarchy".
Mr Songkran handed more evidence concerning the monk's monetary transactions to Amlo Monday.
The DSI also suspects that luxury cars used by Phra Wirapol might have been acquired through some "grey businesses", Pol Lt Col Pong-in said.
The agency has found the names of the car owners are not Phra Wirapol, but believes the monk might have asked associates to be nominees for the purchase.
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