NOB chief: Five senior monks implicated in temple fund scandal are still innocent

Five senior monks, including three members of the Sangha Supreme Council, who were implicated in alleged temple fund embezzlement are still innocent, said Pol Lt-Col Pongporn Pramsaneh, director of the National Office of Buddhism, on Friday (April 20).

In his capacity as the secretary of the Sangha Supreme Council, told a brief press conference that he had no bias against the five senior monks and the charges against them were based on evidence.

Pol Lt-Col Pongporn said he was assigned by the council to meet with the media.

He maintained that he had the duty to investigate the case and the charges against the monks did not make them guilty because the case is still pending in the inquiry stage, adding that the National Anti-Corruption Commission has not started its investigation into the case.

The three Sangha Supreme Council members implicated in the temple fund embezzlement scandal are Phra Promdilok, also chief monk of Bangkok; Phra Promsitthi, abbot of Wat Saket and chief monk of Region 10 and Phra Prommethi, abbot of Wat Samphanthawong.

The three senior monks and Pol Lt-Col Pongporn attended the council meeting on Friday, but the monks did not talk to the media.