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DSI will ask US to cancel scandal-plagued ex-monk's visa
Kesinee Taengkhieo,
Chuleeporn Aramnet
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will directly ask US authorities to cancel the visa for the notorious Luang Pu Nenkham, who officially lost his status as a monk on Saturday. Luang Pu Nenkham is believed to be in the United States.

The DSI is investigating his many alleged wrongdoings, including statutory rape of a minor and public fraud.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith yesterday said his agency was coordinating with various authorities in a bid to bring the former monk to justice.

At 10am today, DSI investigators will convene a meeting to prepare for the issuance of an arrest warrant for Luang Pu Nenkham.

The Office of National Buddhism has asked the centre controlling the overseas travel of monks and novice monks to consider cancelling Luang Pu Nenkham's passport. The centre is due to look into the case today.

Phra Prommawethi, who chairs the centre's board, said yesterday his centre would only be able to offer an opinion on the case, as the mandate to revoke a passport lay with the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

"After we form the opinion, we will submit it to the Office of National Buddhism. Then, the office should be able to raise the issue with the ministry and see what can be done," the senior monk said.

Phra Prommawethi is the abbot of Wat Traimitr Withayaram and a member of the Supreme Sangha Council.

In the wake of the scandal, Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University president Prachoom Pongpan said the university's council would consider revoking the honorary doctorate it had earlier approved for Luang Pu Nenkham.

"The council will convene a meeting to discuss and decide on the issue on July 26." He said the council conferred the degree on the then famous monk in 2010.

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-- The Nation 2013-07-15

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Police Seeking To Revoke US Visa Of Controversial Ex-Monk

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Luang Pu Nen Kham, or Mr. Wirapol Sukhpol

BANGKOK: -- Police are attempting to have the US authorities cancel the US visa held by Luang Pu Nen Kham, the controversial monk who made the headlines around the world with his Louis Vuitton bags and private jet ride, and return him to Thailand to face numerous criminal allegations - following the national Buddhist authority′s decision to expel him from monkhood.

The monk has been abroad since the scandal about him surfaced. He is said to have flown from France to the US few weeks ago, where he reportedly has a number of residences.

Nen Kham, whose real name is Mr. Wirapol Sukhpol, is accused of money laundering and embezzling donation money after he was exposed to own, with his followers, more than 200 million baht in bank accounts, while TV reports recently showed his luxurious mansion with fleets of luxurious sports cars.

Additionally, he is alleged to have sexual relationship with a woman, who was reportedly underage at the time and later bore a child with him.

The religious authorities have previously announced that his monastery in Si Saket province, Wat Pha Kantidhamma, is not properly registered as a temple. They have previously demanded that Nen Kham return to Thailand and explain himself to the investigation committee. That never happened.

After the deadline on Friday has passed, a number of high-ranking monks of a provincial Buddhist chapter has conferred and reached the conclusion that

The notice of his defrocking will be submitted to the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand , National Office of Buddhism (ONAB), and the temples in Thailand and all over the world.

Director of Office of National Buddhism, Mr. Nopparat Benjawatthananand, said the decision has paved way for the authorities to withdraw the passport held by Nen Kham, now officially known as Mr. Wirapol.

Mr. Tharit Pengdit, Director-General of The Department of Special Investigation (DSI), confirmed that the DSI is attempting to revoke Mr. Wirapol′s passport, while Pol.Col.Songsak Raksaksakul, Director Bureau of Foreign Affairs and Transnational Crime, said that the police are collaborating with the US Embassy in Thailand to have Mr. Wirapol′s visa revoked as well.

Full story: http://www.khaosod.co.th/en/view_newsonline.php?newsid=TVRNM016Y3lNek14TVE9PQ==

-- KHAOSOD English 2013-07-15

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A lot of agencies are getting involved in this when it may not be necessary and " too many cooks " although this may be what's intended as if the complete truth ever manages to be revealed this could be the biggest of disaster movies.

I could be wrong of course and it's just the usual Thai need for publicity but it doesn't matter as long as this is not screwed up

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A lot of agencies are getting involved in this when it may not be necessary and " too many cooks " although this may be what's intended as if the complete truth ever manages to be revealed this could be the biggest of disaster movies.

I could be wrong of course and it's just the usual Thai need for publicity but it doesn't matter as long as this is not screwed up

It would be so easy for efficiency's sake to tell DSI it's your case and everyone else co-operate and only DSi speaks to the media.

Efficient but not the Thai way.

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why are they attempting to have the US cancel his visa....put a request to the US to arrest him and lock him up pending the commencement of a formal extradition application ?

Getting his visa cancelled means nothing all it means is he cant be in the US, but wouldnt stop him leaving the US and going somewhere else...so what exactly are the incompentants at the DSI trying to do ?

while they are at it..couldnt they also send a similar request to Dubai ?...me thinks double standards No ?

DSI are talking about 8 charges ready to be laid so an Interpol Red Notice could be sent and the US arrests him.

What you wrote about him leaving the US because of a cancelled visa is spot on and keeps him moving while delaying him actually coming back to Thailand.

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Thailand at it's very " best ". The grandmother of the then young girl he supposedly fathered a child by said she allowed the girl to go with him as he promised to take care of her.

Granny said he would collect the girl between 17.00 - 18.00 and bring her back at 04.00.

He never supported the B10,000 per month on offer and never gave anything during pregnancy.

Amazing Thailand indeed.

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