An active monk wanted by Department of Special Investigation (DSI) for defying the military junta’ s order turned himself to the Klong Luang district police this morning to acknowledge the charge.
Phra Palad Seksan Atatamo reported to the police after he was summoned by the DSI for entering the Klong Luang market area in defiance of the order after the place was declared off-limit and came under control by authorities.
He is among 14 monks summoned by the DSI for defying the military junta’s order.
Six have already turned themselves to the police, while eight others still do not report.
DSI deputy director-general Pol Col Songsak Raksaksakul said the police have escorted Phra Palad Seksan Atatamo to Pathumthani provincial court for detention permission.
He said the police would also ask the court not to grant him bail.
If the court agrees, he said the monk will be defrocked and sent to prison.
So far the DSI has issued summons to 164 monks and followers to acknowledge charges.
The DSI and other state departments have brought over 340 cases against Phra Dhammachayo, Dhammakaya temple, monks and followers, mostly involving illegal encroachment of public land, forest areas, construction of buildings, etc.
Of all the cases, arrest summons have been issued for them to give testimonies in 30 cases.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)