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Military closely monitors movement of disciples of five senior monks implicated in temple fund fraud

The military is closely monitoring reaction by disciples and followers of the five senior monks implicated in  temple fund embezzlement but so far there was no unusual movement.

This was disclosed yesterday by spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Maj Gen  Piyaphong Klinphan after Pol Lt-Col Pongporn Pramsaneh, the director of the National Office of Buddhism, filed a complaint with the National Anti-Corruption Commission against the five senior monks accusing them of corruption.

The five senior monks include three Sangha Council members namely Phra Promdilok, abbot of Wat Sam Phraya; Phra Prommethi, assistant abbot of Wat Samphanthawong; and Phra Promsit, abbot of Wat Saket; Phra Methisuthikorn, assistant abbot of Wat Saket; and Phra Vichitthammaporn, assistant abbot of Wat Saket.

The spokesman said that monitoring of the movement up to this point, there were no reports of unusual activities by the Buddhist fraternity or the disciples of the five senior monks accused of mismanaging monastic funds allocated for Phra Pariyati Dharma religious schools at three temples in Bangkok.

But he said in any event, the NCPO was not being complacent and was keeping a close eye on developments to maintain peace and order.

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