DSI will ask US to cancel scandal-plagued ex-monk's visa

national July 15, 2013 00:00

By Kesinee Taengkhieo,

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The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will directly ask US authorities to cancel the visa for the notorious Luang Pu Nenkham, who officially lost his status as a monk on Saturday. Luang Pu Nenkham is believed to be in the United States.

The DSI is investigating his many alleged wrongdoings, including statutory rape of a minor and public fraud.
DSI chief Tarit Pengdith yesterday said his agency was coordinating with various authorities in a bid to bring the former monk to justice. 
At 10am today, DSI investigators will convene a meeting to prepare for the issuance of an arrest warrant for Luang Pu Nenkham. 
The Office of National Buddhism has asked the centre controlling the overseas travel of monks and novice monks to consider cancelling Luang Pu Nenkham’s passport. The centre is due to look into the case today. 
Phra Prommawethi, who chairs the centre’s board, said yesterday his centre would only be able to offer an opinion on the case, as the mandate to revoke a passport lay with the Foreign Affairs Ministry. 
“After we form the opinion, we will submit it to the Office of National Buddhism. Then, the office should be able to raise the issue with the ministry and see what can be done,” the senior monk said. 
Phra Prommawethi is the abbot of Wat Traimitr Withayaram and a member of the Supreme Sangha Council.
In the wake of the scandal, Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University president Prachoom Pongpan said the university’s council would consider revoking the honorary doctorate it had earlier approved for Luang Pu Nenkham. 
“The council will convene a meeting to discuss and decide on the issue on July 26.” He said the council conferred the degree on the then famous monk in 2010. 

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