Court issues arrest warrant for Wirapol

The Criminal Court has approved a warrant for the arrest of unfrocked monk Wirapol Sukphol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdith said on Wednesday.

Mr Tarit said he was informed by a court official by telephone that the Criminal Court approved the DSI request  on Wednesday morning.

The warrant cites three charges - violation of the Computer Crimes Act, deceiving the public, and having sex with a girl under 15 years of age.

The DSI will ask the National Buddhism Office to order the centre for control of overseas trips of Buddhist monks and novices to coordinate with the Foreign Affairs Ministry's Consular Affairs Department to revoke Mr Wirapol's passport, he said.

Mr Tarit said the DSI will at the same time take steps to get Mr Wirapol's visas cancelled. It had earlier contacted the United States and European governments on this matter.

Since the DSI now had information on the exact whereabouts of Mr Wirapol, the former monk would certainly be extradited, he said.

On receipt of confirmation of extradition proceedings from the country where Mr Wirapol is staying, DSI officials would go to an airport in that country and escort him back to Thailand as soon as possible for further legal action.

Mr Tarit did not mention the country, but it has been widely reported that Mr Wirapol is now in the United States of America.

The DSI chief warned the disgraced former monk's disciples not to do anything which could be taken as obstructing the authorities or intimidation of witnesses. They would be subject to legal action.

The DSI had sent a letter to the Land Department to freeze any transactions involving property owned by Mr Wirapol and to the Land Transport Department to freeze ownership of all cars bought in the name of the former monk, Mr Tarit said.

Pol Lt Col Korawat Panprapakorn, chief of the special cases at the DSI, said he would go to Ubon Ratchathani on July 18 to meet some people who said they had information of another 10 or more cars bought in the name of Mr Wirapol.

He would also track down ownership of three Rolls Royce cars found earlier parked in the compound of the Kantitham monastery in Si Sa Ket province.

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