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Anti-Corruption Division police swooped down on Wat Ratchapradit’s assistant abbot and his suspected accomplice in an embezzlement case.

Assistant abbot, 47 12 months outdated Phrakru Sutheesutawatwiwat Puangkerd, discovered himself in handcuffs at Wat Duang Khae in Pathumwan district, whereas his alleged accomplice, 52 12 months outdated Panjit Phanphrom, confronted authorized penalties at Wat Tha Phra in Bangkok Yai district.

In keeping with police reviews, the duo stands accused of siphoning off greater than 200 million baht in money from the temple coffers between 2018 and 2023. Their nefarious plot started to unravel when authorities flagged suspicious money withdrawals from the temple’s accounts.

Detailing their modus operandi, police disclosed that Phrakru Sutheesutawatwiwat usually tampered with cheques supposed for the temple’s abbot, altering the quantities earlier than dispatching them to Panjit for withdrawal. Whereas the assistant abbot vehemently denied the accusations, Panjit reportedly confessed to facilitating the money withdrawals on the behest of his superior, reported The Nation.

Each suspects now face the complete brunt of the regulation, as they’re handed over to the Anti-Corruption Division’s investigators for additional authorized proceedings.

In associated information, two senior monks, one aged 70 and one other 60, have been defrocked following complaints of inappropriate behaviour. Luang Pi Namfon, from the native Buddhist workplace, led the intervention after reviews of the monks not residing at their temples and partaking in actions unbecoming of their monastic vows surfaced. Luang Pi Namfon, accompanied by a deputy, coordinated with the Nakhon Pathom Workplace of Buddhism to analyze a residence on Kang Buay Avenue in downtown Nakhon Pathom final Friday, February 16.

In different information, a Mor Lam folks singer took to social media to accuse two homosexual monks within the Isaan province of Udon Thani of making an attempt to trick him right into a threesome. The 34 12 months outdated Thai singer shared the story of the 2 monks on Fb on January 16. His submit was picked up by a number of information businesses making the story go viral on social media.

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