Monk's supporters claim his innocence

national June 21, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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Followers of Luang Pu Nenkham yesterday denied all allegations against him, following the emergence of a video clip, which showed the monk on board a private jet sporting brand-name sunglasses and a Louis Vuitton bag.


Also circulated was a picture allegedly showing him lying next to a woman. 
“The picture is doctored,” said Pattaradej Sopongpanich yesterday, a follower of Luang Pu Nenkham. 
He also said there was also nothing wrong with Luang Pu Nenkham riding in a private-jet ride, given that someone else had arranged the trip for him. 
“He was invited to carry out rites in Phuket – that’s why he was on the jet,” said Pattaradej. 
Luang Pu Nenkham had the expensive bag, said Pattaradej, because followers had given it to him. 
Commenting on the huge donations Luang Pu Nenkham had received, Pattaradej said the board of Wat Pa Khantitham – where the monk serves as abbot – had kept records of all the donations and how they had been put to use.
“The donations are used for good causes – like helping people in need,” he said.
Pattaradej added that Luang Pu Nengkham did not wish to respond to the allegations, but felt compelled to clear up any misunderstanding. 
Meanwhile, Si Sa Ket Buddhism Office’s director Virod Chaiyaphannana said he was verbally instructed to investigate all financial transactions to and from Wat Pa Khantitham. 
“I will see what can be done in line with the law,” he said. 

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