Dhammakaya temple spokesman turns in to police

The spokesman of the Dhammakaya temple, Mr Ong-art Thamnita, has turned himself in to the police last night.

His surrender to the police at Klong Luang police station has ended earlier speculation that he had fled the country and was seeking asylum in France.

Mr Ong-art Thamnita

He gave up after the military junta has agreed with the Department of Special Investigation’s call for the junta leader to invoke Section 44 of the interim constitution to search the temple and arrest it’s former abbot Phra Dhammachayo for embezzlement, money laundering and receiving ill-gotten properties charged by the Office of Attorney-General.

He was later granted temporary release on bail with condition that he must not leave the country, and must not engage himself in any provocative activities.

Royal Thai Police deputy spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said the police freed him after he signed agreement to adhere to the set conditions.

He was wanted on arrest warrant issued by the provincial court for inciting peace and order of the country on December 15 last year.