Phra Dhammachayo, (centre) priest of Wat Dhammakaya, wants to postpone his Friday assembly with a Department of Special Investigation to acknowledge charges of receiving and laundering 800 million baht of stolen income – since he has a birthday to arrange. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)
Phra Dhammachayo, priest of argumentative Wat Phra Dhammakaya, will put off a assembly with a Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to acknowledge charges of money-laundering and receiving stolen skill – since he needs to ready for his entrance birthday.
Samphan Sermcheep, a counsel behaving for a Buddhist church in Pathum Thani province, pronounced on Monday that he had sensitive Phra Dhammachayo of a summons for him to uncover adult during a DSI conduct bureau in Bangkok this entrance Friday.
The priest is to be rigourously charged in propinquity to a receiving of income from a former authority of a Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative convicted of large piracy of supports while in a job.
However, a priest would practice his right to postpone a initial assembly with a DSI – since he was assigned with many affairs of a temple, a counsel said.
“The monk’s birthday is in April, so merit-making events contingency be prepared for his birthday on Apr 22. Therefore, it will be untimely for him to accommodate a (DSI) interrogators this month,” Mr Samphan said.
It is a abbot’s 72nd birthday.
DSI director-general Paisit Wongmuang pronounced on Monday he had not perceived any association seeking to postpone a meeting. If he did accept a ask he would cruise a reason given and confirm if it should be delayed.
The DSI review resolved that Phra Dhammachayo had perceived about 800 million baht of a Klong Chan Credit Union Cooperative’s income by cheques released by former mild authority Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, who was reportedly a former treasurer of Wat Phra Dhammakaya.
The piracy reportedly cost a once richest mild in Thailand about 12 billion baht, and a aged members have complained they mislaid their life savings.
A comparison priest of Wat Phra Dhammakaya recently insisted on a abbot’s innocence, observant Phra Dhammachayo had supposed donations, like any priest would do, though had no believe of a source of a money
In early Mar a Criminal Court condemned Supachai to 16 years in jail for a embezzlement.
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