28 May '16, 2am

@Dantamano "if police do charge the temple, they just sit down and chant."

Tension is mounting between the Thai authorities and a powerful temple after its abbot repeatedly defied orders to appear before investigators overseeing a major fraud case. Phra Dhammachayo, the 72- year-old abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, is accused of conspiring to launder money by accepting cash stolen from a credit union. His followers, however, claim they are victims of a conspiracy to tar the temple's reputation. The case centres on Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, who was jailed for 16 years in March for his role in an embezzlement case involving more than 11 billion baht (S$425 million) from Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative, which he used to head. Officials from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said Supachai made out cheques worth more than 1 billion baht to various parties linked to the temple. Temple officials said it is inappropriate to question the source...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-abbot-defie...

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