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Rumors claim Phra Dhammachaiyo has fled to Europe

BANGKOK, 3rd August 2017 (NNT) – The Department of Special Investigations (DSI) is following up on intelligence claiming Phra Dhammachaiyo, the ex-abbot of Dhammakaya Temple who is suspected of money laundering and other crimes, has been spirited out of the country by his followers. DSI Director-General Pol Lt Gen Paisit Wongmuang indicated today that the […]Read More

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Search for fugitive monk switches to border

Immigration officials are keeping an eye out for Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s former abbot Phra Dhammajayo whose whereabouts remain unknown after the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) failed to find him in the temple complex during a 23-day siege. Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, said staff are monitoring all checkpoints and […]Read More

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DSI ends search for Dhammachayo and plans to lift Section

The Department of Special Investigation on Friday announced an end to the search for Phra Dhammachayo after officials failed to locate the elusive former abbot of Wat Dhammakaya after 23 days of searches since February 16. The DSI will also recommend through the justice minister the head of the National Council for Peace and Order […]Read More

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Scholars urge Buddhism body to defrock ex-abbot

Buddhist scholars are calling on the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) to initiate a process to have Phra Dhammajayo defrocked after the fugitive monk was stripped of his monastic title. According to a Royal Gazette article published on March 5, His Majesty the King has agreed to the government’s request to demote Phra Dhammajayo for […]Read More

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Army chief’s plea for Dhammachayo to surrender

Army Commander-in-Chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart on Friday appealed to Phra Dhammachayo to turn himself in to face charges against him in order to spare his faithful followers the hardships of having to show up to protect him. “I do not want to see 3,000-4,000 people to suffer because of just one man, even though most […]Read More

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Defiant Dhammakaya followers detained

Police and soldiers today detained 26 defiant followers of the stubborn abbot Phra Dhammachayo after they obstructed authorities to enter Dhammakaya temple to search for him. They were all sent to Klong Luang police station pending interrogation and prosecution. Full story: thaipbs.or.th Thai PBSRead More

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Besieging of Dhammakaya Temple to continue until Dhammachayo surrenders

The junta order over Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani would remain in effect until the fugitive ex- abbot Phra Dhammachayo surrender, junta chief Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said Tuesday. Prayut said he would not revoke his order under the interim charter’s all-powerful Article 44 to declare Dhammakaya Temple as an area under control until the controversial […]Read More

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Dhammakaya Says Govt Siege Not ‘Buddhist Way’

PATHUM THANI — A spokesman for the besieged Wat Dhammakaya criticized the military government’s raid Thursday as “un-Buddhist” and urged for a peaceful resolution to the standoff. Temple spokesman Dantamano Bhikku said in reply to a reporter’s inquiries that they were surprised at the latest move to arrest its ex-abbot and leader Phra Dhammachayo, who […]Read More