Officials from the Department of Special Investigation and the National Office of Buddhism conducted a night raid of Wat Dhammakaya Wednesday night (Dec 20) to look for Phra Dhammajayo, the former temple abbot, who has not been seen in public for several months now.
DSI director-general Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang told the media on Thursday (Dec 21) that police had received a tip-off that the fugitive monk had returned to the temple.
Phra Dhammajayo is wanted under a warrant for money-laundering and take stolen property in connection with the embezzlement scandal of the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative.
Post Today newspaper quoted an informed DSI source that the raiding party focused their search at the Daowadung building where Dhammajayo was reported to be hiding.
However, the search failed to find the fugitive monk, but the officials had collected several pieces of evidence which would be used to compare with the circumstantial evidence already collected during the daytime.
The source said that the room that Dhammajayo used to stay remains largely unchanged, tidy and in good order except for traces that something have been removed.
The source also pointed out that he wondered why several tents were pitched around the temple and why the monks didn’t sleep in their living quarters.