More assets found in case against Thai ex-monk Wirapol

THAILAND - The DSI said Monday that it has found additional hidden assets worth tens of millions of Baht allegedly belonging to jet-setting ex-monk Wirapol Sukphol or Luang Pu Nenkham in Tak.

The DSI's Bureau of Security Crime deputy director Col Chatchanan Methithammaporn said his department was able to confirm the assets in Mae Sot district and it is extending the investigation in the belief that many more people were involved in the fraud.

He was speaking as Suri Sukphol, Wirapol's younger brother met with DSI investigators in the company. He reserved the right not to speak to the media at the press conference.

Chatchanan said they would question Suri about his involvement in the alleged public fraud. As for the child whose mother claimed that she had sexual relations with the ex-monk and Suri then claimed to have fathered, Chatchanan said DSI no longer required Suri because the investigators had found an alleged parental linkage between the child and the monk. The case was already in the court.