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Objection against actions of Thammanoon Attachote

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TO:                             Director of Department of Special Investigation

SUBJECT:                Objection against actions of Thammanoon Attachote, et al

The persisted actions in stirring up the current states of affairs of the Klong Chan Credit Union Cooperative by Mr. Thammanoon Attachote and a few members of the Credit Union are detrimental to the overall wellbeing of the Credit Union. Mr. Thammanoon’s personal views and opinions, which he continually presented to news media, may have negatively impacted the Credit Union’s plans of recovery and also its efforts in regaining the faith and confidence of its members.

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Letter from Thammanoon Attachote to members of Klong Chan Credit Union

Mr. Thammanoon is acting autonomously on his own. He does not represent the Credit Union nor the majority of its members. The mass majority of the members do not approve of his actions. His motive in building visibility is strictly for his own benefit. He gave no regard for the damage that may result from his actions. One case in point is the demeaning remark he made toward the supporters of Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s that their contribution of more than six hundred million Baht relief funds to the Credit Union was just a “pittance”. This unbecoming behavior is not only offensive to the people who have helped the Credit Union out of its crisis but it made them feel that their good deed has turned into a bad outcome.

What Mr. Thammanoon could have done is to protect the image of the Credit Union and regain confidence of the public. It is acceptable if he offered his suggestions to the team at the Credit Union and worked with them to collectively come up with positive solutions. Instead, he took upon himself to stir up the situation with complete disregard for the negative impact he might have caused the Credit Union. Mr. Thammanoon may feel that he had the right to do this, but he must also respect the right of others. The mass majority of the members want the Credit Union to regain its status as quickly as possible and be in a position to give maximum reliefs to its members.

If  Mr. Thammanoon and his people continue their actions in a way that they may bring negative impact to the Credit Union, the mass majority of the members of the Credit Union—those who are affected by Mr. Thammanoon’s and his people’s actions—will come together to oppose them and request the Credit Union to take appropriate action against them.

Please be advised accordingly that Mr. Thammanoon’s actions are his own. They do not represent the position of the Credit Union nor bind the Credit Union or its members in any way.

Respectfully yours,

(Signed:  Yupares Worawityanont)

Members of Klong Chan Credit Union Cooperative Who Love Peace

 

 

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A justification for the request to change the hearing location

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The investigators for the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has issued a summons for Phrathepyanmahamuni (Phra Chaiyaboon Suthipol) to hear his allegations at the Bureau of Financial Services, DSI, on May 16th, 2016, at 9.00 am.

As a result of the recent April 22nd ceremony and Phrathepyanmahamuni’s arduous activities throughout the day, his chronic medical conditions have acutely exacerbated. He has experienced significantly increased swelling in his left lower extremity. His primary care physician requested the professional expertise of a radiologist to perform a preliminary diagnosis with use of an ultrasound. Both a vascular surgeon and hematologist were consulted to make the diagnosis. The following are their conclusions:

  1. Patient has chronic venous insufficiency in his left lower extremity. Magnetic Resonance Venography (MRV) revealed findings highly suggestive of May-Thurner syndrome. Patient has complete occlusion of the left common femoral vein from chronic compression by the right common iliac artery in addition to posterior bone spur of the L5 vertebral body with secondary chronic deep vein thrombosis at the proximal left superficial femoral vein, absent of the left common iliac and left external iliac vein, and deep veins of the left leg. Patient has multiple superficial collateral veins as described above.
  2. Acute left lower extremity edema due to DVT and chronic venous stasis began in the beginning of May. Due to increased pressure and swelling, patient’s left lower extremity is now becoming more acutely ischemic and vascular surgeons have discussed the possibility of amputation.
  3. Acute deep vein thrombosis in the left lower extremity places patient at risk for an acute pulmonary embolism, which is fatal. Patient is to decrease physical activity to avoid a pulmonary embolus.
  4. Chronic venous stasis ulcer on left ankle is secondary to diabetes. Chronic venous stasis ulcers increase the risk of secondary complications such as cellulitis, abscesses, bacteremia and osteomyelitis in an immunocompromised patient.

Therefore, the medical team has prescribed patient with medications along with strict instructions to keep lower extremities å above the heart and restrict physical activity.

After discussion with primary care doctors and specialists, it was agreed upon that patient is to avoid moving his body unnecessarily and is not to travel for a minimum of 2-3 months. Movement increases the risk of pulmonary embolus in a patient with confirmed DVT and chronic venous stasis from diabetes.

For these acute on chronic medical concerns, Phrathepyanmahamuni is unable to travel to DSI for the summoned date.

The representatives of the Sangha of Wat Phra Dhammakaya would like to ask the director general of DSI to assign investigators to give him his hearing at Wat Phra Dhammakaya on May 16, 2016 at 14.00

Phrathepyanmahamuni has no intention of evading DSI investigators. To confirm the truth and bear witness to the reasons stated, the Sangha would be pleased to send the medical team to testify on his behalf, or DSI may assign their own physicians to confirm his conditions before the stated appointment.

Blessings,

Phra Sanitwong Wuttiwangso

Director of Communications, Wat Phra Dhammakaya

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Thailand: UN Review Highlights Junta’s Hypocrisy

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(Geneva) – The Thai government’s pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to respect human rights and restore democratic rule have been mostly meaningless, Human Rights Watch said today. Thailand appeared before the council for its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on May 11, 2016. The UPR is a UN examination of the human rights situation in each country.

On February 12, the Thai government submitted a report to the Human Rights Council, saying that it “attaches utmost importance to the promotion and protection of human rights of all groups of people.” However, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) junta has severely repressed fundamental rights with impunity, tightened military control, and blatantly disregarded its international human rights obligations.

“The Thai government’s responses to the UN review fail to show any real commitment to reversing its abusive rights practices or protecting fundamental freedoms,” said John Fisher, Geneva director. “While numerous countries raised concerns about the human rights situation in Thailand, the Thai delegation said nothing that would dispel their fears of a continuing crisis.”

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Bush Cze Enters Plea to Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

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Dear Honorable Al Hussein U.N. Human Rights Chief

April 30, 2016

Mr. Bush Cze
P.O. Box 5010
San Diego, California USA
619-888-1076
Email:czebush1994@yahoo.com
www.bushcze.com

 

Honorable Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
High Commissioner for Human Rights in Thailand
76 Rjadamnern Nok Ave
Bangkok 10200 Thailand

Dear Honorable Al Hussein U.N. Human Rights Chief

I would like to inform you about the situation that is occurring at Temple (Wat) Phra Dhammakaya in Pathumthani Province Thailand.

Address: 23/2 Moo 7, Khlong Sam Khlong Luang Pathumthani 12120. Tel. +662-524-0257 to 63 

The Abbot Phra Thepyanmahamuni Dhammachaiyo was summoned to DSI (Department of Special Investigations) on April 25th 2016 for a crime he did not commit and is being wrongly accused for. However, due to his failing health and illness, four doctors that are caring for him have written individual doctors notes that clearly state for the abbot to rest and restrict travel as he is too weak to do so.  As a result, Phra Thepyanmahamuni Dhammachaiyo’s lawyer sent in a request to change the meeting date and the DSI (Department of Special Investigation) received and acknowledged the request, more importantly, they accepted it.  However, now the DSI (Department of Special Investigation) is going above the Law and demanding for an arrest warrant for Phra Thepyanmahamuni Dhammachaiyo for no credible reason. This action that the DSI (Department of Special Investigation) is taking is a clear act of unethical Government use of power and a clear violation of Phra Thepyanmahamuni Dhammachaiyo’s human rights.

On April 27th 2016, the DSI (Department of Special Investigation) posted official papers on the front door of Temple (Wat) Phra Dhammakaya claiming that it is considered served regardless of anyone that was supposed to be served present. Even though we were approved to meet with them on the 16th of May, they still went out of their way to serve papers illegally and violate Phra Thepyanmahamuni Dhammachaiyo’s human rights. The DSI (Department of Special Investigation) did this to make the abbot appear to be evading the meeting and is planning on using this reason to arrest him. These actions by the DSI (Department of Special Investigation) are unethical and causing the abbot’s health to worsen from the stress and fear they are forcing upon him.  The Thai media is always following the DSI (Department of Special Investigation) and every action they do.  They are purposely creating panic amongst all of Temple Phra Dhammakaya’s members and supporters both in Thailand and around the world.

Phra Thepyanmahamuni Dhammachaiyo is promoting World Peace through meditation and teachings of Buddhism. There are some people who have been and are still trying to: violate his rights, frame him, strip him of his title, and close down his temple by any means necessary.

As the senior adviser for Temple Phra Dhammakaya, we are fearful that this injustice will violate the Human Rights of the United Nations and go unnoticed.

This temple has many members and we fear there will be an uproar if the DSI (Department of Special Investigation) attempts to arrest Phra Thepyanmahamuni Dhammachaiyo. We have many members that are outraged by the DSI (Department of Special Investigation) and if they take action, I’m afraid there may be civil unrest and potential violence.

This is a political issue and I truly need your power to help reinforce Human Rights and Social Justice. I would like to request that you send an official of the United Nations to Temple Phra Dhammakaya in Pathumthani Province Thailand. Our temple is very focused on peace and we will do our best to keep the peace, however, if the pressure becomes more than we can handle, we will take this to the United Nations international Court of Justice.

I have written a letter to the U.S. Embassy of Thailand, the UN headquarters in New York City, and the Minister of Justice of Thailand.

Very Respectfully

Bush Cze

*Senior Advisor to the President and Vice President Dhammakaya Foundation Thailand 2005 until now
*Lifetime Member Republican Party (Republican National Committee)
*Coordinator of United Nation Human Right
*President Lao Help Lao World Wide USA
*Honorary Consultant South East Asia USA
*Humanitarian Aids Funding USA
*President Global Lao Town and Cultural Village California USA
*2001-2005 Advisory Board of Mayor Dick Murphy of San Diego

 

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Freedom Watch International Pleas for Justice for Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya

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Thai Buddhist monk due to be arrested by Thailand Depart of Special Investigations May 16

Thailand’s Department of Special Investigations (DSI), the country’s equivalent of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations, will soon be issuing an arrest summons for devoted Buddhist monk Phra Dhammajayo from Wat Phra Dhammakaya, who now stands accused of receiving stolen property and money laundering. The allegations stem from illegal donations made to the Dhammakaya temple by the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC)’s Chairman Supachai Srisupa-aksorn four years ago.

According to Freedom Watch International, the organization formed to defend the Abbot, the donations to him were made openly and with no attempt at concealment, which would not be the case if there was any intention of money laundering. The depositing of checks and the utilization of funds were all handled by the temple’s financial officers. FWI believes that in order to rightfully accuse someone of receiving stolen property and money laundering, there must be evidence of wrongdoing and a conspiracy to embezzle the money for personal use. No such evidence exists; and Supachai has even released a statement confirming this.

Srisupa-aksorn was convicted of embezzling more than 11 billion baht in member funds and is currently serving a 16-year sentence. Shortly after the trial ended, the Wat Phra Dhammakaya agreed to a 684-million-baht repayment settlement reached in at Thanyaburi Provincial Court. When the circumstances of the KCUC embezzlement case were made known to Wat Phra Dhammakaya, supporters set up an emergency fund in the amount of 600 million bhat, or roughly equal to the amount Supachai donated to the temple, in an attempt to help depositors by supplying funds to the credit union’s cash flow.

The original donations were unsolicited and earmarked to build religious structures and to assist with the operating expenses of the temple, which is the largest in Thailand, with more than one million devotees and a large community of resident monks and novices. At the time of the original donations, there was no evidence of wrongdoing. Supachai also donated to other temples, schools, universities, public charities and government sectors.

Inaccurate reports have appeared in the media suggesting that the Wat Phra Dhammakaya supports the Pheu Thai Party. While the temple has many devotees from different ages, genders,regions, occupations and political views, its primary focus is strictly teaching the Dhamma of Lord Buddha, and it has no intention to be involved in politics. Interestingly, no other group that knowingly or unknowingly benefitted from the embezzled funds has to date been charged, suggesting that Phra Dhammajayo is being singled out by the DSI.

The 72-year-old Phra Dhammajayo, who has faithfully devoted himself to the propagation of Buddhism and Dhammakaya Meditation for 47 years, helping to attract millions of devotees in Thailand, in 80 branches and 33 countries around the world, now suffers from several illnesses, including deep vein thrombosis and a chronic leg ulcer, which was confirmed by a panel of independent doctors. The DSI has chosen to ignore the health of the Abbot, and has made no attempt to verify his condition.

An April attempt to arrest Dhammajayo was rejected by the Criminal Court of Thailand, yet the DSI have announced that they will issue another summons for the Abbot May 16. With clear evidence that he had no knowledge of the source of the unsolicited donations from Supachai before any criminal act was revealed, and the subsequent raising of funds to assist the victims of the Klongchan scandal, the question must be asked why the DSI remains so committed to discrediting Wat Phra Dhammakaya and the Buddhist establishment in Thailand.

Phra Dhammajayo lives a life of great simplicity and purity, having contributed billions of baht to public charities, including financial aid to 30,000 teachers in Southern Thailand. His temple provides requisites and food for the mass-ordinations of more than 10,000 monks, twice-yearly in towns and villages throughout Thailand, and offers relief for the victims of natural disasters, including floods, hurricanes and tsunamis.

The magnificent structures at Wat Phra Dhammakaya have been built from public support and without any government funding, and will remain the property of the nation and Buddhism for future generations to come.

Freedom Watch International is calling for an immediate halt to the arrest order for Phra Dhammajayo and no further criminal prosecution. To urge the U.S. State Department to intervene on his behalf, supporters can sign a petition on change.org.

Aimee LuongoFreedom Watch International Pleas for Justice for Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya
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Plea for Justice

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Abbot Dhammajayo Denies All DSI Allegations

We wish to draw your urgent attention to the allegations made by Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) against the Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Phra Dhammajayo, that he conspired to launder money and receive stolen property. These allegations have been vigorously denied by Phra Dhammajayo, who states that there is no evidence to support these charges and questions the motivation behind this action.

The basis for these allegations is that Mr. Supachai Srisupa-aksorn made monetary donations to Wat Phra Dhammakaya, while he was acting as Chairman of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC). Mr. Supachai was subsequently charged with the embezzlement of Credit Union funds, however there is no connection between the unsolicited donations which Mr. Supachai made to Wat Phra Dhammakaya and his alleged criminal actions.

Two lawsuits have been filed by the DSI against Mr. Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, alleging theft and money laundering (cases146/2556 & 63/2557). A third charge of conspiring to commit fraud against the public (case 27/2559) duplicates previous charges which are still under consideration, and thus contravenes Thai law that states, “One count of charge cannot be duplicated.”

The donation to the temple, amounting to 684,784,000 baht, was used to construct buildings and facilities for the benefit of the general public. While it constituted a substantial sum, there are donors who have donated greater sums to Wat Phra Dhammakaya, and it is considered inappropriate to question the source of these donations.

When the circumstances behind the donation from Mr. Supachai Srisupa-aksorn were made known to Wat Phra Dhammakaya, followers of the temple voluntarily raised the sum of 684,784,000 baht to assist the members of KCUC, who issued a letter of appreciation and withdrew all lawsuits against the Abbot and the temple. Mr. Supachai has also released a statement indicating that the money he borrowed from the credit union to make donations to Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Phra Dhammajayo have already been repaid to the credit union in full.

To accuse Phra Dhammajayo of misusing temple funds is a total denial of his dedication to the cause of Buddhism. Since founding Wat Phra Dhammakaya in 1970, the Abbot and his supporters have worked tirelessly to create the largest Buddhist temple in Thailand, with more than three million devotees and over 4,000 monks and novices. He has helped to propagate the message of Buddhism throughout the world, with more than 80 Dhammakaya Meditation Centres in 30 countries.

The charges by the DSI against Phra Dhammajayo are baseless and deny him his basic Human Rights. They choose to ignore the facts about the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC) case, and offer no consideration about the ailing health of the Abbot and the tireless work which he has performed for 47 years to support Buddhist monks and temples throughout Thailand.

We would be most grateful if you would kindly send a letter of protest to the Prime Minister of Thailand and his government to stop their actions against this innocent, aging monk.

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Facts Regarding DSI Bid to Arrest Dhammakaya Abbot

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An attempt by Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to arrest the Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Phrathepyanmahamuni (Most Ven. Dhammajayo) was rejected by the Criminal Court on 26th April. The Court recognized that the 72-year-old Abbot was suffering from several illnesses, including deep vein thrombosis and a chronic leg ulcer, which was confirmed by a panel of doctors. This was the second attempt by the DSI to press charges of money laundering and receiving stolen property against Ven. Dhammajayo, which the Abbot has repeatedly denied. The DSI seeks to link the embezzlement of funds from the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC), with an unsolicited donation made to the temple by the Acting Chairman of the Credit Union.

Although the source of this donation was not revealed to Wat Phra Dhammakaya, when the circumstances were made known, supporters of the temple raised the sum of 684,784,000 Thai baht to assist the victims of the Credit Union. KCUC issued a letter of appreciation, and withdrew all complaints against the temple.

The DSI prosecutor of case number 146/2556 proposed that a lawsuit be filed against Mr. Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, the first suspect, and his conspirators, under the charge of theft from his employer. A further case, number 63/2557, was opened to charge Mr. Supachai with money laundering and conspiring to commit fraud against the public. An additional order stated that if the first suspect is guilty of money laundering and there is evidence of other conspirators, further actions by law may be taken. Both of these cases are still under consideration.

The DSI then filed special case number 27/2559, which is a duplicate of case numbers 146/2556 and 63/2557. This contravenes the original orders by the DSI prosecutor. Creating a new special case from which partial evidence is drawn from the original case is a violation of the Thai law that states “One count of charge cannot be duplicated.”

In order to accuse Ven. Dhammajayo of both receiving stolen property and of money laundering, there must be evidence beyond reasonable doubt that he had the intention to conspire with Mr. Supachai in embezzling KCUC money for personal use. However, the fact is, Ven. Dhammajayo received the donations in front of a large group, and all the handling of cheques and donations are the responsibility of Wat Phra Dhammakaya financial officers. In addition, he has never withdrawn any amount in cash, leaving a clear money trail. This is uncharacteristic of a money laundering case, in which cash is often withdrawn in order to conceal the money trail.
When receiving the donations from Mr. Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, neither Ven. Dhammajayo nor Wat Phra Dhammakaya officers were aware that they came from any illegal activity. It was assumed that the money came from Mr. Supachai’s successful and profitable business, as he also donated generously to other temples, schools, universities, public charities and government sectors.

It has never been the temple’s policy to question the source of donations, as is the case with many other religious and charitable organisations—it would be considered highly inappropriate to do so. Moreover, Mr. Supachai’s donation, while substantial, is not the largest donation the temple has received in the past. To accuse Ven. Dhammajayo of misusing temple funds is a total denial of his dedication to the cause of Buddhism, as the donation to the temple, amounting to 684,784,000 baht, was used to construct buildings and facilities for the benefit of the general public. Since the founding of Wat Phra Dhammakaya in 1970, Ven. Dhammajayo and his supporters have worked tirelessly to create the largest Buddhist temple in Thailand, with more than three million devotees, and over 4,000 monks and novices. He has helped to propagate the message of Buddhism throughout the world, with more than 80 Dhammakaya Meditation Centres in 30 countries, while living a life of great simplicity and purity.

Why the DSI has chosen to ignore the obvious facts in this case brings into question the motives for this unjustified attack on the Buddhist community in Thailand, and one of its leading Buddhist monks—a monk who has devoted the past 47 years to the teachings of Lord Buddha, and the preservation of Buddhism in Thailand and around the world.

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KCUC Appreciation Letter

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Klongchan Credit Union Limited Cooperative

Re: A letter of appreciation
To: Supporters of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Most Ven. Phrathepyanmahamuni

Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC) had filed a civil lawsuit against Mr. Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, case number 736/2557, at Thanyaburi Court. Mr. Supachai Srisupa-aksorn had donated funds to Phrarajbhavanavisudh (Phrathepyanmahamuni) in the sum of 684.78 million baht, which were subsequently allocated toward the construction of religious facilities in accordance with his wishes. These funds were obtained from KCUC. Although the funds were offered with transparency, supporters of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Phrarajbhavanavisudh or Phrathepyanmahamuni felt the credit union’s financial operations could be severely impacted, as credit union members had been unable to withdraw funds. Wat Phra Dhammakaya supporters were concerned the lawsuit could become lengthy, which would not benefit either party. For this reason, these supporters raised funds to assist Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Phrathepyanmahamuni, and the credit union. In total, 684.78 million baht was raised and given to the credit union as a way to restore business operations and aid credit union members and employees.

KCUC realizes the donations in question were received by Wat Phra Dhammakaya with transparency and allocated entirely toward the construction of religious facilities. As a result, KCUC would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to Wat Phra Dhammakaya supporters for their compassion in raising these funds.

Respectfully,
Mr. Padet Mungthanya,Chairman
Mr. Prakit Pilankasa Vice Chairman

Financial Institution of the Community for the Community

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