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    Re: Dhammakaya abbot fails to appear at DSI office again to hear formal charges

    Police enter temple, search for Phra Dhammajayo begins

    16 Feb 2017 at 15:24 16,606 viewed24 comments
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    PATHUM THANI - Police and Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officials entered the sprawling grounds of Wat Dhammakaya on Thursday afternoon and began a search for the temple's wanted founder, Phra Dhammajayo.

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    Re: Dhammakaya abbot fails to appear at DSI office again to hear formal charges

    Chronology of failed raid Thursday
    February 16, 2017 18:41

    By The Nation

    1.30am – Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief, declares Dhammakaya Temple a special control zone.

    2.30am – Soldiers set up checkpoints around the temple, barring entry to people not related to the authorities’ operation.

    3.30am – Police arrive at the temple. Other police units are put on standby at the nearby Border Patrol Police Region 1.

    5am – Police post announcements regarding alleged offences committed by temple staff and its honorary abbot, Phra Dhammachayo, at Gates 5 and 6. Masked temple followers are seen observing and taking pictures of officials.

    6am – More police are stationed at gates 5, 6, 7 and 8. Roads around the temple are closed to traffic.

    6.30am – Police and soldiers control gates 5 and 6. People are allowed to leave the temple but no one is allowed to enter, which upsets some temple followers. Prayers inside the Dhammakaya Temple start peacefully.

    7am – Monks returning from morning alms are barred from entering the temple. Their followers argue with officials but the altercation ends peacefully. The temple’s radio broadcast announces that authorities should not restrict people’s right to practise Dhamma.

    7.30am – Department of Special Investigation (DSI) deputy chief Pol Lt-Colonel Suriya Singhakamon and his team enter the temple to begin negotiations.

    7.40am – Negotiations between the DSI and the temple begin.

    11.30am –Temple staff agree to let the DSI search the temple.

    1.15pm – The DSI cuts the chains at the temple’s Gate 1.

    1.20pm – The gates are open and officials enter without resistance.

    1.50pm – Resistance builds as the DSI enters Gate 8 to search a building close to the Chan Khonnokyoong Memorial Hall.

    3.50pm – DSI officials leave the temple empty-handed, saying they had not found Phra Dhammachayo.

    5.30pm – The DSI announces that they have finished searching the entire Zone A and parts of Zone C at the temple.

    *** The operation is being conducted under a search warrant that is valid for 10 days. The area remains designated a special control zone to facilitate the search.

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    Re: Dhammakaya abbot fails to appear at DSI office again to hear formal charges

    Anyone believe the monk is still there? I'm sure many HiSo police are members of that cult. He was probably shipped out months ago.
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    Re: Dhammakaya abbot fails to appear at DSI office again to hear formal charges

    I believe that also. All the stalling before the raid was to enable time for "other arrangements" to be made for him.

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    Re: Dhammakaya abbot fails to appear at DSI office again to hear formal charges

    Thai cops find tunnel in manhunt for elderly monk
    February 17, 2017 14:11
    By Agence France-Presse

    Thai cops have uncovered secret tunnels running underneath a space-age temple of the controversial Dhammakaya Buddhist sect, as their manhunt for an elusive elderly monk accused of massive embezzlement entered a second day.

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    Re: Dhammakaya abbot fails to appear at DSI office again to hear formal charges

    308 criminal cases filed against Dhammakaya Temple

    February 19, 2017 01:00

    By The Sunday Nation

    A TOTAL OF 308 criminal cases have been filed against Dhammakaya Temple.

    178 CASES RELATE TO KLONG LUANG POLICE STATION’S JURISDICTION IN PATHUM THANI PROVINCE.

    1. Intrusion or encroachment on a state space: 16 cases.

    2. Violation of the Land Transport Act: 20 cases.

    3. Obstructing traffic: 5 cases.

    4. Defamation through advertising: 1 case.

    5. Violation of the Building Control Act: 128 cases.

    6. Violation of the Artesian Water Act: 1 case.

    7. Violation of the Forest Act: 4 cases.

    8. Obstructing a police officer: two cases.

    9. Taking away an item that was confiscated by police: 1 case

    ONE CASE OCCURRED IN THE CRIME SUPPRESSION DIVISION’S JURISDICTION.

    Violation of the Criminal Code’s Section 116 (incitement).

    19 CASES OCCURRED IN THE NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT CRIME DIVISION’S POLICE JURISDICTION.

    Violation of the Forest Act: 19 cases.

    103 CASES OCCURRED IN KOH YAO POLICE STATION’S JURISDICTION IN PHANG NGA.

    1. Violation of the Building Control Act: 98 cases.

    2. Violation of the Forest Act: 1 case.

    3. Violation of the Weapon Act: 1 case.

    4. Violation of the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act: 1 case.

    5. Obstructing a police officer: 1 case.

    6. Violation of the Radio Communications Act: 1 case.

    SIX CASES OCCURRED IN THE PHU RUA POLICE STATION’S JURISDICTION IN LOEI PROVINCE:

    1. Violation of the Forest Act: 3 cases

    2. Illegal issuance of Nor Sor 3 Kor land ownership document: 2 cases

    3. Violation of the Building Control Act: 1 case

    A CASE OCCURRED IN THE UMPHANG POLICE STATION’S JURISDICTION IN TAK PROVINCE:

    Violation to the Forest Act: One case

    So far, eight arrest warrants have been issued, including two warrants for Dhammakaya Temple followers’ spokesman Ong-art Thamnita, two warrants for the temple’s former abbot Phra Dhammachayo, including one relating to an alleged Nakhon Ratchasima land encroachment case, and a warrant for Dhammakaya Foundation associate Phetch Kaensap. The Phetch warrant relates to alleged forest encroachment in Phang Nga, and Phra Dhammachayo’s other warrant is related to that case.

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    Re: Dhammakaya abbot fails to appear at DSI office again to hear formal charges

    The pursuit, if any, of these cases will probably continue far past my passing!
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    Re: Dhammakaya abbot fails to appear at DSI office again to hear formal charges

    Monks strike back at DSI officials
    February 19, 2017 17:34

    By The Nation

    Buddhist monks inside the Dhammakaya Temple covered their face with flu mask struck back as officials from Department of Special Investigation by marching toward them and shouted “get out, get out”.

    During the confrontation, a monk was seen hitting a video camera of a female DSI official. He then made a headlock against her to try to take away a video camera from her hands. He would not stop although DSI officials shouted she is a woman. Monks normally do not touch body of a woman.

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    Re: Dhammakaya abbot fails to appear at DSI office again to hear formal charges

    1,500 followers break official line into Dhammakaya Temple
    February 19, 2017 14:17

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    Some 1,500 lay followers ignored the ultimatum of the Department of Special Investigation and broke through the barrier of police and DSI officials to rally inside the Dhammakaya Temple Sunday afternoon.

    Earlier on the day, the DSI issued an ultimatum for non-residents of the temple to clear the compound by 3 pm no matter whether they are monks, novices or lay followers.

    But at about 1:30 pm, some 1,500 lay followers and some monks gathered outside Gate 5 of the temple, claiming they wanted to pray there. After the officials guarding the gate were outnumbered, the lay followers stormed in and the helpless officials just looked on, saying they did not want to clash with people.

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    Re: Dhammakaya abbot fails to appear at DSI office again to hear formal charges

    Monk: "Dhammajayo fled on Day 1"

    19 Feb 2017 at 19:39
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    PATHUM THANI -- A senior monk who supervised Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s computer centre for 30 years, says the wanted former abbot fled in a car on Thursday when authorities launched their latest raid on the temple.

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