May 10, 2016
Until now, Wat Phra Dhammakaya has consistently been abiding by the law, every step of the way. Unfortunately, recently there has been an unjustifiable attempt to link Phrathepyanmahamuni (Luangpor Dhammajayo), Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, to an already trialed court case. The Followers and Supporters of Phrathepyanmahamuni are concerned about the manner of which the investigative officials are handling this matter.
Their bases of concern are:
- This is a duplication of a case already trialed. This very same trial case has already been conducted and concluded, and the trial results had already been submitted to the Office of Attorney General. By law, the same trial case that has already been concluded cannot be brought back for retrial. Regardless, later on, the investigative officials took out some portions of the material in the old trial case and built a brand new case with them, claiming that a previous accuser—who was not a damaged party—has returned to make more accusations. Such action is illegal, which makes the actions of the investigative officials in the new case also illegal, and because their actions are illegal the accused is not bound by their orders.
- First Summon for Phrathepyanmahamuni. Before the first summon was actually issued to Phrathepyanmahamuni some media had already received the information and broadcast it widely to the public the day before. This is something that should never have happened.
- Request for Postponement, Second Summon. At 10 a.m., the morning of April 25, investigative officials permitted Phrathepyanmahamuni to postpone his visit to their office for interrogation because he was unable to travel due to illness, but later on that same afternoon they changed their minds and demanded that Phrathepyanmahamuni report to their office by 4 p.m. the same day, otherwise they would seek a warrant for his immediate arrest. The decision was made without bothering to send a doctor or a specialist to check the condition of the accused to confirm his illness. This is an unjustifiable conduct.
These circumstances have caused concerns and make us lose confidence in the process of justice. We felt compelled to file letters of appeal to Damrongdham Centers throughout Thailand asking for help in order that Phrathepyanmahamuni can receive fair and equitable treatment, and also for Damrongdham Centers to look into the working process of those handling the case.
Please be kindly aware of these facts.
Supporters and Followers of Wat Phra Dhammakaya
Ong-art Dhamnitha, Spokesman