Monks confirm getting big cheques

Monks confirm getting big cheques

Two monks from Wat Dhammakaya told Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officials that they had received donations from Supachai Supa-aksorn, former president of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative and a key embezzlement suspect, but insisted they were not close to Supachai, a source at the DSI revealed yesterday.

Phra Khru Palat Vijahn Thirangkuro and Phra Montri Sudapaso, who met DSI investigators on Friday, confirmed that they had received cheques from Supachai and explained how the money was spent, the source said.

Phra Khru Palat said he had spent Bt119 million (S$5 million) in constructing a youth centre in Lop Buri province, while Phra Montri denied the reported Bt100 million sum, saying he actually received a donation of about Bt5 million and it was used to produce materials to train novices.

The source said the information given and some points that the monks failed to clearly explain would be discussed at an upcoming meeting of investigators, to determine whether to file charges against anyone. The investigators are in the process of interviewing people tied to 878 cheques that Supachai signed.

A source said that Wat Dhammakaya abbot Phra Dhammachayo was scheduled to meet the DSI over the donations from Supachai next Thursday.

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