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Court approves arrest warrant for former monk

Posted by Nuttapon_S On July - 17 - 2013

BANGKOK, July 17 – Thailand’s Criminal Court on Wednesday approved an arrest warrant sought by the Special Investigation Department (DSI) for Wiraphon Sukphon, a former Buddhist monk, on three charges including a sex offence with minor.

The court took five hours to consider the request with all evidence submitted by Thaweewat Surasit, director of the DSI’s Bureau of Security Crime.

The defrocked monk, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham, was accused of deceiving the public by advertising seeking donations and having sex with an underage girl about a decade ago.

Mr Thaweewat said the DSI would work with the Foreign Ministry and the Immigration Bureau to bring Mr Wiraphon back to Thailand to be tried.

The ex-monk is believed to be staying in the US.

The Anti-Money Laundering Office would also be asked to freeze all ill-gotten assets of the ex- monk, he said.

The DSI found he has 41 bank accounts and more than 70 luxury cars in his possession.

A woman in Thailand’s northeastern province of Si Sa Ket who claimed Mr Wiraphon fathered her son a decade ago filed a lawsuit yesterday demanding that the ex-monk acknowledge he was her son’s father and seeking 40 million baht in compensation. (MCOT online news)

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