29 May '16, 8am

2,200 Thai police and soldiers may storm temple to arrest scandal-hit abbot Dhammachayo

2,200 Thai police and soldiers may storm temple to arrest scandal-hit abbot Dhammachayo

BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network, AFP) - More than 2,200 police and military personnel will be deployed to arrest the abbot of a Buddhist temple accused of accepting embezzled funds, a source said, in the latest development in a scandal that has opened a bitter rupture at the heart of the nation’s faith. The troops will be deployed to guard the 15 entrances of the Dhammakaya temple’s pristine, 1,000-acre compound north of Bangkok where peacocks roam the lawns and white-clad devotees meditate, said the source from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI). A drone and a police chopper flew over the compound on Saturday to survey routes in and around the temple as part of a DSI plan to arrest controversial abbot Phra Dhammachayo. The 72-year-old monk is accused of conspiring to launder money by accepting cash stolen from a credit union. His followers, however, claim...

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