'Two groups' assisted ex-monk's escape, says DSI

national July 28, 2013 00:00

By The Sunday Nation

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The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said yesterday that it suspected "two groups of Thais" had assisted elusive jet-setting ex-monk Wirapol Sukphol to flee the country. The department also said it doubted that Wirapol would return to Thailand on


Pol Col Songsak Raksaksakul, chief of the DSI's office of foreign affairs and international criminal cases, said US law enforcers were looking for Wirapol’s exact location and an initial probe had discovered that two groups of Thais aided the ex-monk to escape.
DSI investigator Angsuket Wisutwattanasak said he personally believed Wirapol, aka Luang Pu Nenkham, would not turn himself in to the DSI on July 31. However, he said the DSI would still prepare for his possible return and ensure that alleged victims of fraud perpetrated by Wirapol were on hand to identify him.  
The DSI investigator added that the DSI would also visit Ubon Ratchathani and Si Sa Ket provinces again next month to collect addition information from witnesses in the public fraud cases as well as other possible offences. 
Angsuket also said the complaint filed with the Central Investigation Bureau by the ex-monk’s key follower Sukhum Wongprasit accusing the DSI of abusing authority, would not affect the DSI’s investigation into Wirapol as all investigations concerning the ex-monk had been carried out in accordance with the law. However, he added, that Sukhum had every right to file a complaint, if he believed the DSI was not doing its job. 

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