Two Dhammakaya monks face arrest for possessing military barbed wire


Khlong Luang district police have decided to take legal action against two Wat Dhammakaya monks and two lay men for having in their possession military-grade razor-sharp barbed wire which was installed at the temple to prevent officials from the Department of Special Investigation from entering the temple ground a month ago.


Pol Col Khemphat Pothipitak, superintendent of Khlong Luang district police in Pathum Thani, told a press conference on Friday that enquiry officers had issued summonses for the four suspects to acknowledge the charges against them on August 1.

Only two of them, Mr Pichai Laosirimongkol and Mr Wallop Kanhasen, showed up to acknowledge the charges on August 1 but they refused to give any statements to the police.

The two other suspects, Phra Thepyarnmahamunee and Phra Somnoekpiyathammo, are yet to respond to the summonses.


Pol Col Khemphant said that the barbed wire was regarded as military supply and placed under control and it was used to block DSI officials from entering the temple compound.

Another case which is still under investigation concerns the illegal gathering of followers of the temple to obstruct the performance of duty of officials, the colonel said that five suspects had acknowledged the charges of illegal assembly to block officials from doing their job on August 4 but they denied the charges and refused to give any statements to the police.

In this particular case, 19 suspects, including Ms Chirapa Rairod, are wanted by the police.