Jet-setting former monk Wirapol Sukphol's younger brother yesterday told the media he was the person in the controversial picture that had been thought to be of Wirapol, better known then as Luang Pu Nenkham, lying alongside a woman.
Suri Sukphol, who was presented at the press conference by key follower Sukhum Wongprasit, claimed he was ordained as a novice at Wat Phukhao Kaew in Ubon Ratchathani and stayed with Wirapol.
He claimed he’d once stolen the ex-monk's car to pick up the woman in the picture before taking her to a resort in Si Sa Ket to have sex, but he had no idea who took the picture. He said he felt bad for the ex-monk who was the victim of mudslinging. Suri said he was ready for any test to back his claim.
Meanwhile, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdit yesterday said the agency had sent an arrest warrant to US authorities to consider revoking Wirapol's visa. He said the agency would also closely watch the movement by the ex-monk’s followers, although their actions so far weren’t yet within the frame of obstructing authority or tampering with evidence.
In Ubon Ratchathani, DSI's Security Crime Bureau chief Pong-in Intarakhao interviewed a witness who claimed Wirapol stayed at tow garages in Warinchamrap district and once had a wrecked white Volvo car to repair – which was in line with previous accusations the former monk was involved in a car accident that killed a person.
DSI investigators also took for inspection three cars the ex-monk had donated to the Highway Police Division 6’s fourth station.