Wat Phra Dhammakaya tense as police raid postponed again

Wat Phra Dhammakaya tense as police raid postponed again

Police, DSI at odds over search warrants

Hundreds of monks 'join a prayer' at one of the entrances to Wat Phra Dhammakaya. (Photos by Apichit Jinakul)
Hundreds of monks 'join a prayer' at one of the entrances to Wat Phra Dhammakaya. (Photos by Apichit Jinakul)

Tensions remained high at Wat Phra Dhammakaya as a large number of disciples of the controversial temple continued to gather at the temple grounds despite a DSI raid initially planned for Tuesday being called off.

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Tensions rise as temple faithful gather

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Tensions remained high at Wat Phra Dhammakaya as a large number of disciples of the controversial temple continued to gather at the temple grounds despite a raid by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) initially planned for Tuesday being called off.

The Criminal Court on Monday approved four search warrants sought by the DSI valid for Dec 13-16, one for each day. The DSI was supposed to begin the first search Tuesday, as permitted under the first search warrant, of the 196-rai area of the temple.

A source in a combined police team which will be responsible for raiding the temple and arresting the embattled former abbot Phra Dhammajayo, said Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, deputy national police chief, objected to the four separate search warrants for the operation.

According to the source, the Royal Thai Police plans to seek a new search warrant with some changes in the details of the operation and the time frame expanded to four days for a single warrant, instead of four one-day search warrants.

The source said a new operation plan would likely be designed and a new search warrant would then be requested.

The former abbot is wanted by police on money-laundering charges in connection with the multi-billion-baht Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative embezzlement scandal. The case was investigated by the DSI.

The monk is also the subject of arrest warrants issued by the Sikhiu and Loei provincial courts in connection with alleged forest encroachment in Sikhiu district of Nakhon Ratchasima province and in Loei province.

The Criminal Court on Tuesday rejected a request by the temple's legal team to revoke the search warrants granted to the combined search team, said a source.

The court reasoned that there was no reason to consider cancelling the search warrants as requested by the temple, said the source.

Meanwhile, Phra Maha Nopporn Poonyachayo, assistant director of the temple's communications office, told a large group of reporters who showed up to cover the expected raid at the temple in Pathum Thani that the media would not be allowed to enter the temple Tuesday for safety reasons.

According to the monk, the temple had to maintain stringent security measures as a large number of faithful were coming to the temple to pray. He said many people began arriving at the temple from Monday night.

Police at Klong Luang station in Pathum Thani needed a crane to remove concrete piles placed by temple saboteurs in an effort to block a road leading to the sect's headquarters.

In another development, Pathum Thani police have removed the broken concrete piles which had been blocking a road along a canal on one side of Wat Phra Dhammakaya Tuesday morning.

Pol Lt Col Sethakorn Chaiveerawong, deputy chief of Klong Luang district police, said a Toyota Soluna car was seen parked near the broken piles shortly after midnight.

On seeing the police patrol, a group of men beside the obstruction jumped into the car and quickly drove into the temple through gate No 5. He believed the broken piles were placed there by disciples of Wat Phra Dhammakaya.

Wat Phra Dhammakaya spokesman Ong-art Thamnitha

Police were looking for evidence to identify the people responsible.

Meanwhile, Pol Maj Woranan Silam, deputy spokesman of the DSI, along with a legal team, lodged a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division's Sub-Division 2 accusing Wat Phra Dhammakaya spokesman Ong-art Thamnitha of violating Section 116 of the Criminal Code.

In the complaint, the DSI accused Mr Ong-art of inciting rebellion by declaring on Sunday a nine-point stance claimed to be on behalf of all followers of the temple, Pol Maj Woranan said.

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  • abbot (noun): the head monk at a temple - เจ้าอาวาส
  • accuse: to say that someone has done something wrong or committed a crime - กล่าวหา
  • alleged: claimed to be true although not yet proven; claimed to have done something wrong but not yet proven - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
  • allow: to let somebody/something do something; to let something happen or be done - อนุญาต, ยอมรับ
  • approve: to give official permission - อนุมัต
  • arrest: (of the police or, in this case, soldiers) to take someone under control because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม
  • block: to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else - ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
  • called off: to stop something that has been arranged from taking place - ยกเลิก
  • case: a matter that is being officially investigated, especially by the police - คดี
  • charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • chief: a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ
  • claim: to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - อ้าง
  • combined: joint; done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people - ที่ร่วมกัน, ร่วมมือกัน
  • consider: to give careful thought to something before making a decision - พิจารณา
  • controversial: causing disagreement or disapproval - ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดการโต้แย้ง
  • cooperative: a business or farm owned and run by the people involved, with the profits shared by them - สมาคมสหกรณ์
  • court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล
  • cover: to report news and sport in newspapers and on the radio and television - รายงานข่าว
  • crane: a tall machine used for lifting or moving heavy objects and building tall buildings - ปั้นจั่นยกของหนัก
  • credit union: an organization that is run like a bank but run by members who can obtain loans from their combined savings; a savings and loan cooperative - สหกรณ์ออมทรัพย์, สถาบันการเงินเครดิตยูเนียน
  • Crime Suppression Division (CSD): a national police department responsible for conducting most of the technical investigations of criminal offenses - กองบังคับการปราบปราม
  • Criminal Code: the systems of laws dealing with crimes and their punishment - ประมวลกฎหมายอาญา
  • Criminal Court: a court which hears criminal cases, i.e., cases where people are accused of breaking a law and where punishment involves going to jail. - ศาลอาญา
  • declare: to announce officially - ประกาศ
  • Department of Special Investigation: DSI; a police department investigating serious crimes involving influential people, organised crime, or crimes using highly sophisticated technology - กรมสอบสวนคดีพิเศษ
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • details: small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation - รายละเอียด
  • disciple: someone who admires a famous person such as a political or religious leader and is influenced by them - ลูกศิษย์, สานุศิษย์
  • embattled: experiencing a lot of problems - ที่ถูกโจมตี
  • embezzlement: the crime of secretly taking money that is in your care or that belongs to an organisation or business you work for - การยักยอกเงิน, การฉ้อโกงเงิน
  • encroachment: gradually covering more and more of an area of land - การบุกรุก
  • evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน
  • expand: to make or become larger - ขยาย
  • faithful (noun): people who believe in a religion; the loyal supporters of a political party - ผู้ที่มีศรัทธาในศาสนาอย่างแรงกล้า, ผู้จงรักภักดี
  • former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน
  • gather (verb): to come/bring together in a group - รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
  • grant: to officially give something - ให้
  • grounds: an area of land around a building or set of buildings - บริเวณ, สถานที่
  • identify: to specify who someone is - ระบุชื่อ
  • in connection with: relating to something - ที่เกี่ยวข้องกับ
  • incite: to encourage people to be violent or commit crimes by making them angry or excited - ยั่วยุ ยุยงให้เกิดความรุนแรง
  • initially: at first - ในเบื้องต้น
  • investigate: to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
  • issue: to officially give out - ออก
  • legal: relating to the law or lawyers; correct according to the law - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย ตามกฎหมาย
  • lodged a complaint: made a formal statement to someone in authority that someone has done something wrong - ยื่นคำร้อง
  • maintain: to keep - รักษา
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • measures (noun): actions taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • money-laundering (adj): hiding the origin of money obtained from illegal activities by putting it into legal businesses - การฟอกเงิน
  • multi-: more than one; many - มาก, หลาย
  • object: to disagree with - คัดค้าน
  • obstruction: something that blocks a road, an entrance, etc - สิ่งกีดขวาง
  • on behalf of: as a representative of - ในนามของ ในฐานะของ
  • operation: a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers - การปฏิบัติการ
  • patrol: a group of people or vehicles that move around a place in order to prevent trouble or crime - หน่วยลาดตระเวน
  • permit (verb): to allow someone to do something - อนุญาต, อนุมัติ, ยินยอม
  • pile: objects positioned one on top of another - กอง
  • raid (noun): a short (surprise) attack on an enemy or group - การจู่โจม,การโจมตี, การบุกเข้า
  • reason: to form a judgement about a situation by considering the facts and using your power to think in a logical way - คิดคำนวณในใจ,สรุป,ชี้แจงเหตุผล
  • rebellion: opposition to authority; being unwilling to obey rules or accept normal standards of behaviour, dress, etc - การขัดขืน
  • reject: to not agree with a request, offer or proposal - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ, ไม่เห็นชอบ
  • reporters (noun): people whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
  • responsible: deserving to be blamed for something that has happened - มีความรับผิดชอบ
  • responsible for: to have a duty to do something - มีความรับผิดชอบ
  • revoke: to officially say that something is no longer legal - เพิกถอน
  • saboteur (noun): a person who does deliberate damage to something to prevent an enemy from using it, or to protest about something - ผู้ก่อวินาศกรรม, ผู้บ่อนทำลาย
  • scandal (noun): a situation in which people behave in a dishonest or immoral way that shocks people - เรื่องอื้อฉาว
  • search (noun): looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something - การค้นหา
  • search warrant: an official document that allows the police to search a building - หมายค้น
  • section: any of the parts into which something is divided, such as a law, constitution or contract - ส่วน, มาตรา
  • security: protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
  • security guard (noun): a person who checks people's bags or watches over a building at night to make things safe - ยาม, คนเฝ้าสถานที่ หรือระวังเหตุการณ์ตามกำหนดเวลา; ผู้เฝ้าประตู, บุคคลที่คอยมุ่งเอาใจใส่หรือดูแลการเข้า-ออกของผู้คนอยู่ที่ประตู
  • separate: different; not connected - ซึ่งไม่ต่อเนื่อง, ซึ่งไม่เชื่อมกัน
  • showed up: arrived at a place - แสดงตัว, ปรากฏตัว
  • sought (past tense of seek): tried to get/do something; asked for something - พยายามได้, พยายามได้มา
  • source: someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว
  • spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
  • stance: an attitude or view about an issue that you state clearly; position - จุดยืน
  • stringent: (of a rule, law, etc.) very strict and that must be obeyed - เข้มงวด
  • subject (noun): a thing or person that is being discussed, described or dealt with - ตัวหลัก, ผู้รับบท, หัวข้อ, ผู้รับการทดสอบ
  • tensions: the feelings caused by a lack of trust between people, groups or countries who do not agree about something and may attack each other - ความตึงเครียด
  • time frame: a period of time when something happens or must happen - เงื่อนเวลา
  • valid: legally accepted - ชอบด้วยกฎหมาย
  • violate: to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement - ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด
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