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DSI plans arrest warrant for Nenkham

Posted by Rattana_S On July - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Tarit Pengdit, chief of the Department of Special Investigation, considers issuing an arrest warrant for Luang Pu Nenkham as soon as he is forced out of monkhood.

Wherever he is, Wirapol Sukphol, better known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko – could also face an extradition to face charges at home for the alleged raping of the under-aged and money laundering, Tarit said.

He told reporters on Saturday that once the patriarch in Si Sa Ket nullifies Nenkham’s monkhood on Monday, the DSI would discuss on the detail of the arrest warrant.

He said that on the day, a woman who alleged Nenkham of raping when she was under 15 would officially file her complaint with the DSI.

He admitted that there could be some delays in tracking the monk’s assets as some were transferred before the scandal broke out.

There is a high possibility that he would be extradited as raping the under-aged and money laundering are serious crimes in many countries, he said.

Jet-setting monk found to have bought 22 luxury cars

Posted by Nuttapon_S On July - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

After discovering that Luang Pu Nenkham Chattigo, who also goes by the moniker Phra Weerapol Sukpol, spent Bt95 million to buy 22 Mercedes Benz cars, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will also investigate to see if the monk was part of a money-laundering racket.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said investigators had learned that between the years of 2008 and 2011, the monk had purchased 22 luxury cars in cash, of which 21 of them were in his own name. The 22nd car, worth Bt7.59 million, was bought under the name of his disciple Pansaeng Chumang.

The DSI yesterday also conducted a DNA test on an 11-year-old boy in Si Sa Ket, who is believed to be the monk’s son. Luang Pu Nenkham allegedly had a sexual relationship with the young boy’s mother when she was only 14. The result of the test should be ready in two days.

The DSI has also tried contacting the monk’s parents for DNA samples, and said if they did not cooperate, the agency will seek help from court. A DSI senior official said the agency will ensure justice for all sides.

Tarit said that according to the Central Institute of Forensic Science, the photograph depicting Luang Pu Nenkham lying next to a person believed to be a woman, had not been doctored. However, the institute is unable to confirm the other person’s sex.

Saying Wat Or Noi abbot Luang Pu Buddha Issara would submit “confidential” information about the monk to DSI today, Tarit warned the monk’s followers not to tamper with evidence or threaten witnesses or they could be charged for obstructing the authority.

According to the website, Luang Pu Nenkham and his three companions had left France for the United States yesterday. The Foreign Ministry also said yesterday that they had not been asked to help locate the monk.

National Buddhism Office chief Nopparat Benjawatananun said if the report was true, they could contact US authorities for the monk’s extradition. The office is also working on revoking the monk’s passport.

BANGKOK, July 9 – Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will investigate the case of embattled Buddhist monk Phra Wirapol Sukphol, better known as Luang Pu Nenkham Chattigo, involving several acts deemed in violation of criminal law including allegedly having sex with an underage girl.

The DSI decision followed the outrage expressed by the Thai public after video clips of Phra Wirapol, abbot of the Khantitham forest monastery in the northeastern province of Si Sa
Ket, featuring his luxurious life with brand name bags and expensive gadgets on board a private jet, went viral.

Apart from his lavish lifestyle, other controversial behaviour was also revealed, ranging from allegedly having sexual affairs with many young women, owning luxury cars, motorcycles, and big houses–all of which break Buddhist teachings, to his suspected involvement with illicit drugs and money laundering.

Speaking at a press briefing after chairing a special meeting with key agencies including the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO), DSI chief Tharit Pengdit said his agency will probe the monk’s alleged violations of the law, including advertising false information online, having sex with a minor, suspected tax evasion with nine super cars, using illicit drugs, using falsified education certificate, reckless driving causing another’s death, exploiting donations which could be linked to money laundering and deceiving the public.

He said the DSI found that Phra Wirapol allegedly committed the above offences.

Mr Tharit said his agency will submit a letter to the National Office of Buddhism asking the agency to defrock the monk and revoke his passport so that Phra Wirapol will be deported to face prosecution in Thailand.

As one woman claimed that she was the monk’s wife and has one child with him, the DSI chief said the Central Institute of Forensic Sciences and the DSI will ask the monk’s parents for a DNA test with an 11-year-old boy believed to be his son. The result will be known when the tests are complete tomorrow.

Mr Tharit said that AMLO will be asked to freeze the monk’s assets.

Police earlier said they found a dozen bank accounts of Phra Wirapol with an estimated daily circulation of about 200 million baht.

National Office of Buddhism director Nopparat Benjawattananant explained that the law governing Buddhist monks authorises police investigators to defrock any monk arrested with criminal offence in absentia.

Last month the embattled monk reportedly was on a religious mission in France but his current location is now undisclosed as he has refused to return to Thailand since the news broke out. (MCOT online news)

DSI asked to probe Chalerm’s car

Posted by Rattana_S On June - 17 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Former senator Ruangkrai Leekkijwattana on Monday filed a petition with the Department of Special Investigation asking it to probe whether the tax on Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung’s Rolls Royce has been paid in full.

Mr Ruangkrai said the Bangkok-registered car, with the licence plate number Por Or 444, had been brought to Government House by Mr Chalerm.

The former senator alleged that Mr Chalerm said he had bought the car for 26 million baht. But Mr Ruangkrai argued that the car would have cost up to 37 million baht if the tax on it had been paid in full.

Moreover, Mr Chalerm had not included the car in his declaration of assets and liabilities submitted to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), Mr Ruangkrai said.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said he would check the documents of the car as requested. The results will be known by tomorrow, June 18, he added.

Mr Chalerm said he would be glad to let the DSI probe whether the proper tax payments had been made on the car.

He said the car did not actually belong to him, but to a partner in a company run by his son, Pol-Capt Duang Yubamrung, a Metropolitan Police training centre officer.

His son, who had left the car in his care, confirmed it was an imported vehicle for which customs duty had been legally paid, Mr Chalerm said.

Mr Chalerm said he was considering consulting his lawyer on whether he should file a defamation lawsuit against Mr Ruangkrai.