Two immigration officers face probe over Phra Prommethi’s escape

National police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda has ordered the Immigration Bureau to set up a committee to investigate two immigration officers based at Nakhon Phanom-Kammouen border checkpoint for allowing Phra Prommethi to leave the country for Laos on the night of May 24.

A well-informed police source said that the former assistant abbot of Wat Samphanthawong, Phra Prommethi, travelling in a van with a driver and his helpers, passed through the border checkpoint legally with the use of a passport at about 9.30 pm on the night of May 24.

The two immigration officers – one inspector and one deputy inspector – who allowed the senior monk to go through the checkpoint face charge of dereliction of duty.

Earlier, the Nakhon Phanom provincial court issued warrants for the arrest of two Thai and three Lao people for allegedly abetting Phra Prommethi’s escape out of Thailand.

The monk is currently in Frankfurt in the custody of German immigration officials as he reportedly asked for asylum.