Activist lodges complaint against jet-setting monk with Crime Suppression Division

national July 04, 2013 00:00

By Wisit Chuanpipatpong
The Nati

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An activist yesterday lodged a complaint against controversial monk Luang Pu Nenkham and his alleged accomplices accusing them of deceiving the public.

Songkran Achariyasap, who chairs a network that monitors activities considered detrimental to Thailand, religion or the monarchy, directly contacted the Crime Suppression Division.

He pointed out that a replica of the Emerald Buddha Temple cast on the order of the controversial monk was very likely made of a resinstone powder mixture, not jade as advertised.

Songkran said he had asked experts from the Fine Arts Department to examine the statue before deciding to raise the allegation.

“I have received many tipoffs against Luang Pu Nenkham,” he added.

Questions about the monk’s conduct emerged after a video clip showing him with a luxury bag in a private jet received media coverage.

“I don’t think he should still be called a monk,” Songkran said

The monk headed to France last month after he became the subject of scandal. He has not yet returned to Thailand despite a summons by a monastic chief.

The monk’s followers in Si Sa Ket, where his temple, “Wat Pa Santitham”, is located, yesterday denied that the monk had gone on the run.

“He just needs time to consult lawyers and determine how best to protect Buddhism,” said Sukhum Wongprasit, one of his followers.

Sukhum also threatened to lodge a complaint against anyone who tried to defame Luang Pu Nenkham.

The AntiMoney Laundering Office has disclosed that more than Bt200 million in cash flowed through 16 bank accounts held by Luang Pu Nenkham, people in his close circle, and a firm associated with him during the past two years.


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