Fugitive monk Nen Kham arrested in US

Fugitive monk Nen Kham arrested in US

Controversial monk Phra Wirapol Sukphol, better known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko posing on a luxury car in the US.
Controversial monk Phra Wirapol Sukphol, better known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko posing on a luxury car in the US.

Before fleeing to US, 380 million baht seized from monk's bank accounts, ex-monk faces underage sex, kidnapping & money laundering charges.


Fugitive monk Nen Kham arrested in US

King-oua Laohong

Disgraced ex-monk Wirapol Sukphol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham, has been arrested by US authorities three years after he fled Thailand with police hot on his heels.

Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Paisit Wongmuang said on Friday that US authorities notified the department this morning  they had arrested the fugitive.

The infamous former monk Luang Pu Nen Kham is wanted by the DSI on charges of breaching the Computer Crimes Act, money laundering, child abduction and raping a girl aged below 15.

The DSI and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) had worked closely in seeking his extradition.

Video footage of Wirapol Sukphol, formerly monk Luang Pu Nen Kham travelling on a private jet carrying an expensive designer bag started a major scandal back in 2013 that eventually led him to abroad. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) revealed on Friday that the disgraced fugitive has been in the US.


“We will await for the US court to notify us what charges the suspect is facing," the DSI chief said.

"He will be allowed to exercise his right to appeal our extradition request and to fight the case before being sent back to Thailand."

"This process requires a certain period of time."


Mr Wirapol, known as the jet-setting monk, gained notoriety in 2013 following the release of video footage showing him travelling aboard a private jet while still a monk.

He was carrying a Louis Vuitton luxury bag, wore brand-name sunglasses and was found to own more than 100 luxury cars and numerous large blocks of land.

The Crime Suppression Division searches three houses owned by the parents of disgraced monk Phra Wirapol Sukphol in Ubon Ratchathani.

He fled Thailand that year and  was reported to have taken refuge in France before moving to the US.

He was expelled from the monkhood in absentia after allegations of his criminal behaviour and high-flying lifestyle became public.


Authorities had seized a total of 380 million baht from his bank accounts, but he was able to take cash and gold out of the country, reports said.

DSI deputy chief Pol Lt Col Pong-in Intarakhao said later there was a high chance Mr Wirapol would be extradited back to Thailand for trial.

Authorities had already completed extradition procedures and issued the necessary documents, he said.

For now, the matter rests with the US court, Pol Lt Col Pong-in added.


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  • abduction: taking somebody away illegally, especially using force - การลักพาตัว
  • aboard (adj.): on a boat or airplane; on board -
  • abroad: in or to a foreign country - ในต่างประเทศ
  • account: bank account; money kept in a bank - บัญชี
  • Act: a law passed by a country’s government - กฎหมาย
  • allegations (noun): accusations - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • allow: to let somebody/something do something; to let something happen or be done - อนุญาต, ยอมรับ
  • appeal: a request to a court to change a decision by a lower court - อุทธรณ์
  • arrested: caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime - ถูกจับกุม
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • behaviour: the way that someone acts or behaves - พฤติกรรม, การกระทำตัว
  • block: an area of land -
  • brand-name: of a well known name of a product, often indicating it is expensive - มียี่ห้อ
  • breach (noun): a failure to follow a law or rule - การละเมิดกฎหมาย, การละเมิดกฎข้อบังคับ
  • case: a matter that is being officially investigated, especially by the police - คดี
  • cash: money in the form of notes or coins - เงินสด
  • chance (noun): a possibility; a likelihood; an opportunity - โอกาส
  • charges (noun): official statements accusing someone of committing crimes - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล
  • crime: an illegal activity or action - อาชญากรรม
  • criminal: illegal; against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
  • Department of Special Investigation: DSI; a police department investigating serious crimes involving influential people, organised crime, or crimes using highly sophisticated technology - กรมสอบสวนคดีพิเศษ
  • disgrace: the loss of other people’s respect because of something bad that you have done; something that is extremely bad or shocking - น่าสยดสยอง, ความเสื่อมเสีย, ความอัปยศ, การขายหน้า
  • document: a piece of paper or a set of papers containing official information - เอกสาร
  • ex-: former - อดีต, ก่อนหน้า
  • exercise: the use of your power, rights, or skills - การใช้
  • expensive (adj): costing a lot of money - แพง
  • extradite: to officially send back someone who has been accused or found guilty of a crime to the country where the crime was committed for a trial - ส่งตัวกลับ
  • extradition: sending someone accused of a crime back to the country where the crime was committed for trial or punishment - การส่งผู้ร้ายข้ามแดน
  • fled (past of flee): escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there - หนีไป
  • footage: film of a particular subject or event - ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์
  • former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน
  • formerly: in earlier times - ก่อนหน้านี้
  • fugitive (noun): someone who has been accused of doing something illegal and is trying to avoid being caught by the police - ผู้หลบหนี
  • high-flying: living a lifestyle of luxury and show, hi-so -
  • hot on his heels: chasing someone in order to catch them - ไล่ตาม
  • in absentia: while not present at the event being referred to - ไม่อยู่, ไม่ปรากฏตัว
  • infamous (adj): well known for something bad - เสียชื่อ, น่าอับอาย, น่าขายหน้
  • issue: to give or provide something official - แจกจ่าย
  • jet-setting (adj): used to describe rich, fashionable people who travel a lot -
  • lifestyle: the type of life that you have, for example the type of job or house you have or the type of activity you like doing - วิถีทางการดำเนินชีวิต, ลีลาชีวิต, รูปแบบการดำเนินชีวิต
  • luxury: the best and most expensive of something - ที่หรูหรา 
  • major: very large or important - สำคัญมาก
  • money laundering: hiding the origin of money obtained from illegal activities by putting it into legal businesses - การฟอกเงิน
  • monkhood: the fact of being a monk - เพศพระภิกษุ, เพศบรรพชิต, ความเป็นพระ
  • necessary (adj.): essential, needful, something that you must do or have - จำเป็น, ซึ่งเลี่ยงไม่ได้, ซึ่งเป็นที่ต้องการ, สำคัญ
  • notify: to tell someone officially about something - แจ้ง
  • notoriety: the state of being famous for something bad - ชื่อเสียงในทางที่ไม่ดี
  • private: involving groups, businesses or industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - เอกชน
  • procedures (noun): ways of doing something - ขั้นตอนการดำเนินการ
  • process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
  • public: open to people in general - สาธารณะ
  • rape: the crime of forcefully having sex with someone against their wish - การข่มขืน
  • refuge: a place where you go to protect yourself from something dangerous or threatening - ที่ลี้ภัย ที่หลบภัย
  • release: making known to the public - การเปิดเผย, การปล่อย
  • request: an act of asking for something in a formal or polite way - การขอร้อง
  • require: to make somebody do or have something, especially because it is necessary according to a particular law or set of rules - บังคับใช้ (กฎหมาย) กำหนด
  • reveal: to show or let something become known - เปิดเผย
  • right: something that you are morally or legally allowed to do or have - สิทธิ
  • scandal (noun): a situation in which people behave in a dishonest or immoral way that shocks people - เรื่องอื้อฉาว
  • seize: to take something using official power and force - ยึด, จับกุม
  • suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
  • total: including everything; being the amount or number after everyone or everything is counted or added together - ทั้งหมด
  • trial: the process of examining a case in a court of law and deciding whether someone has or has not committed a crime - การพิจารณาคดี
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