Another 35 cars bought under his name

national July 12, 2013 00:00


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DSI gets DNA sample from monk's half brother for comparison test with his alleged 11-year-old son


Department of Special Investigation (DSI) investigators yesterday managed to get a DNA sample from Luang Pu Nenkham’s half brother, while further investigation found that the monk had bought a total of 35 cars in Ubon Ratchathani. 
These cars are in addition to the 22 luxury cars the monk allegedly bought.
Meanwhile, the woman who claims to have had a sexual relationship with the monk since she was 14 was led to a Si Sa Ket court yesterday by lawyer Somchai Wongthanathorn to file a criminal lawsuit. In the lawsuit, the monk faces four charges, including statutory rape of a minor and taking a minor from the care of her parents. The woman also alleges that Luang Pu Nenkham is the father of her 11-year-old son. 
DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said his agency would look to see who the monk, also known as Phra Weerapol Sukpol, had given the 35 cars to. The cars were purchased under Phra Weerapol’s name. As to whether those who took the cars would be considered wrongdoers, Tarit said it depends very much on their intention. If these cars were accepted for simple monastic use, then the investigators would ensure the recipients don’t get wrongly punished. 
As for comparing DNA results to prove if the 11-year-old boy is indeed the monk’s son, Tarit said the agency couldn’t wait to get the results. 
Tarit went on to say that he had also asked the DSI Bureau of Foreign Affairs and Transnational Crime to see if the monk can be extradited from the United States. Luang Pu Nenkham allegedly flew into the US earlier this week. 
He added that the related five agencies could not issue an arrest warrant for the monk while he was still in saffron robes as this case could not be considered an emergency. However, he said, the DSI has set a deadline for the Si Sa Ket monastic chief to make a decision on whether or not to take away Luang Pu Nenkham’s monastic status. 
In related news, Athitaya Prakij, who had donated a 15-rai plot in Tak’s Mae Sot district to the monk to set up the 88th branch of Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma, changed her mind on Tuesday and decided to donate the land to the National Office of Buddhism instead. The transfer was made in front of the Tak monastic chief, Mae Sot monastic chief and community leaders.