Replica Emerald Buddha linked to Wirapol

national July 17, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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The "world's largest Emerald Buddha image replica" at Si Sa Ket's Wat Pa Khanthitham was found yesterday it was not made of jade.



Disrobed monk Wirapol Sukpol, better known as Luang Pu Nenkham, claimed the green concrete figurine was made of Indian jade. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officials found this during their gathering of evidence for public fraud charges against Wirapol.

Meanwhile, Wirapol has 30 days to appeal in person against the Si Sa Ket monastic council’s ruling to oust him from monkhood for reportedly having a sexual relationship with a woman – otherwise the judgement would be final, Office of National Buddhism chief Nopparat Benjawatananun said yesterday. 
He insisted Wirapol’s claim to be transferred to the supervision of an overseas temple would still leave him an unsupervised monk because temples overseas were not under Thai law or the Buddhist Order Act.
Songkran Atchariyasap, who heads the “Facebook network against acts that destroy the nation, religion and the royal institution” yesterday submitted Wirapol’s brochures to raise money donations to the Anti-Money Laundering Office to investigate financial transactions and fraudulent activities by Wirapol’s network. 
He said the network comprised more than 20 people including businessmen and a former national politician.